Measles: the United States comes close to the 700 cases, worst epidemic since 2000

The United States had registered as of Wednesday 695 measles cases since the beginning of the year, the worst resurgence of the disease since its official elimination in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC). This new record (the most recent was in 2014, with 667 cases for the whole year) comes against a backdrop of growing anti-vaccine movement: parents, opposed to the vaccination of their children, invoke religious exemptions that exist in most US states to circumvent immunization requirements in schools.  The US authorities are trying to…

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