US measles caseload surpasses 1,000, health officials announce

US measles caseload surpasses 1,000, health officials announce as outbreak threatens America's 'elimination status' The current outbreak is the biggest since 1992 It has now struck 1,001 Americans as it continues to spread, health officials say There have been 20 new cases in the last couple of days alone

By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:31 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 22:32 BST, 5 June 2019

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Measles has now struck 1,001 Americans, US health officials announced today.

The outbreak, the biggest since 1992, continues to spread, with 20 new cases in the last couple of days alone. 

'The 1,000th case of a preventable disease like measles is a troubling reminder of how important that work is to the public health of the nation,' US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. 

The US is on track to lose its 'elimination status', held by most developed nations in the world, to become a country where measles is active.

Cases have been reported in 26 states, but the vast majority of those cases come from New York City, where officials are struggling to stem an outbreak that was brought in by tourists. 

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