By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:34 BST, 24 April 2019 | Updated: 20:39 BST, 24 April 2019
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
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 Brooklyn, New York City, had contracted measles, and most of them