CDC: Measles cases nearing new high since 2000

As the number of measles cases spirals upward – spread mostly by those who refuse to vaccinate – the FDA took the unusual step Monday of reminding the public that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is safe and effective.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there were an additional 71 cases last week, bringing the total to 626 cases in 22 states since Jan. 1, the nation’s second-highest total since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

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