Measles outbreak hits record-high since the virus was declared eliminated in ...

Measles outbreak hits record-high since the virus was declared eliminated in 2000, CDC reports On Wednesday, the CDC reported 681 people have caught measles this year Previously, the highest rate since 2000 was 2014 with 667 cases in the whole year But in less than four months, there have been more cases this year 

By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:34 BST, 24 April 2019 | Updated: 20:39 BST, 24 April 2019

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The rate of measles recorded in the US in the first few months of this year has eclipsed every other year since the virus was declared eliminated in 2000.  

New CDC figures reveal 681 people in 22 states have been diagnosed this year, outpacing the 667 people diagnosed in the whole of 2014. 

The surge in numbers, up from 626 reported on Monday, has been driven by the outbreak in New York City, which recorded 61 new cases today. 

The resurgence of the virus, which was all but eliminated in 2000, follows a years-long rise in the number of Americans shunning the vaccine, which is the only treatment against measles. 

New CDC figures reveal 681 people in 22 states have been diagnosed this year, outpacing the 667 people diagnosed in the whole of 2014

New CDC figures reveal 681 people in 22 states have been diagnosed this year, outpacing the 667 people diagnosed in the whole of 2014

At first, all attention was on Washington and Portland, where the virus was flourishing in Russian-American communities that distrust vaccines. 

But in the last month, that caseload was swiftly eclipsed by New York's. 

As of last week, 329 people in

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