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More than 700 cases of measles reported in 22 states, worst in 25 years

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(CBS 58) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave an update on the measles outbreaks across the country Monday morning.

Experts say 704 cases have been reported in 22 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Outbreaks are being seen in New York and California. Cases have also been reported in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, but not Wisconsin.

The CDC says most of the cases are among unvaccinated children. They believe the disease was brought into the country by travelers from Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines.

Doctors are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated to help stop the spread.

“Vaccination is a simple, safe and effective way to protect our loved ones and neighbors from the scourge of measles,” Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar said. “The suffering we are seeing today is completely avoidable.”

No deaths have been reported since the outbreak. 

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