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U.S. Measles Outbreak Continues as CDC Confirms 20 New Cases

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The Centers for Disease Control had unsettling news to share on Tuesday, announcing that America’s fight against a recent outbreak of measles is far from over. The CDC revised its figures up, adding 20 new cases, making the total number of cases 141 so far this year.

Most of the new cases are the result of non-vaccination, according to the CDC, and of the new recorded cases 10 were detected in California stemming from the outbreak at Disneyland, eight were found in Chicago after an outbreak at a daycare center, and two cases were discovered in Nevada. Cases have now been reported in 17 states and Washington, D.C. On the somewhat bright side, “[t]he new total represents a 16.5% increase in cases compared with the previous week, suggesting the outbreak is gradually slowing but far from under control, at least in California,” according to the Wall Street Journal.