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A global wave of measles cases fed by conspiracies and misinformation has health officials worried
The Washington Post

As the number of people sick with measles keeps rising almost daily in the U.S. state of Washington and neighboring Oregon, health officials warn that complacent parents are putting their children at risk of contracting a virus that can potentially be lethal. Over 50 cases have been reported in the two states alone since the beginning of the year.

But the United States is far from being the only country that has recently observed a surge in measles cases, the World Health Organization warned in a report released Thursday. Worldwide, researchers estimate that there were 6.7 million cases in 2017, with the vast majority occurring in poorer countries. Between 2016 and 2017, reported cases surged by 30 percent — including in some unexpected parts of the world.

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