US on track for most measles cases in a decade - KMOV.com

US on track for most measles cases in a decade

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

ATLANTA (AP) -- The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe where there's a big outbreak.  

Already there have been 89 cases reported so far. The U.S. normally sees only about 50 cases of measles in a year thanks to vaccinations.  

Health officials are reluctant to make predictions, but acknowledge the pace of reports is unusually hot.  

Europe, especially France, has been hit hard by measles, with more than 6,500 cases reported in 33 nations. International health officials are blaming it on the failure to vaccinate all children.  

Just about all U.S. outbreaks were sparked by people bringing it here from other countries.  

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