U.S. Measles Cases Still Climbing, With Tally Surpassing 800

That's the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year.

That pattern continued last week, with most of the 75 new cases coming from NY.

USA health authorities recorded 75 new cases of the measles in the latest week, mostly in NY state, bringing the nationwide total to 839 cases in the country's worst outbreak of the virus since 1994, federal health officials said on Monday. Other states reporting measles cases are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest numbers Monday.

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Although the virus was eliminated from the country in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer a constant presence in the country, outbreaks still happen via travelers coming from countries where measles is still common, the CDC says.

The outbreak began when an unvaccinated child traveled to Israel and returned with the disease, according to the city's health department.

About one or two out of every 1,000 people who get measles will die from the disease, but the illness has not caused a death in the US since 2015, according to the CDC. There's a small chance of getting the disease even after being vaccinated (the vaccine is 97 percent effective), but the odds of these people being infected goes down if most of the population is immune.

The highest number of cases was reported in New York City, where there was an outbreak in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.

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