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NUMBER OF MEASLES IN USA IS HIGHEST SINCE ERADICATION - JUNE 2019

NUMBER OF MEASLES IN USA IS HIGHEST SINCE ERADICATION - JUNE 2019
The measles outbreak in the United States continues to grow, with the number of cases this year now reaching 1,044 as of June 16, 2019, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Before widespread use of the measles vaccine, an estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States, along with an estimated 400 to 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations, according to the CDC.It costs an estimated $19,000 to $114,286 to control each measles case from spreading in health care settings. 

Measles is largely preventable with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. One dose of the vaccine is 93% effective at preventing measles, and two doses are 97% effective against the disease.But the disease is highly contagious and requires communities to maintain measles vaccination levels between 93% and 95% to prevent its spread.

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