Measles Cases at 228

A vial containing the MMR vaccine and another vial containing the diluent used to mix the vaccine sit on a tray before being loaded into a syringe in Los Angeles on Feb. 6 2015. Twelve states including New Hampshire now have confirmed cases of the vac

Measles Cases at 228

That's 22 more cases than reported last week by the agency.

A measles case is now being reported in New Hampshire, one of 12 states where the recent outbreak has been reported.

Two of the larger outbreaks are in Washington state and NY.

Measles was once almost eradicated in the United States, but the emergence of the "anti-vaxxer" movement may be allowing the highly contagious disease to stage a comeback, experts say.

As of Sunday, the number of measles cases in an outbreak linked to Washington state remained at 75, the same number as last week.

An outbreak in NY, which began in October when an unvaccinated resident became infected while visiting Israel and returned home with the disease, has reported 11 new cases in a Brooklyn community as of March 5.

The sick person in New Hampshire reportedly contracted measles while traveling overseas, as the CDC says is often the case.

Measles is a contagious but vaccine-preventable viral infection that is spread through coughing, sneezing and other close contact. However, no measles-related deaths have been reported in the US since 2015, according to the CDC.

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