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U.S. measles cases in first five months of 2019 surpass total for any year since 1992
The Washington Post

The United States has reported 971 cases of measles in the first five months of 2019, the greatest number since 1992, when 2,126 cases were reported for the entire year, federal health officials said Thursday.

The agency has typically been updating its measles cases weekly, on Mondays, but announced the case count Thursday because it had reached this new milestone.

The biggest source of this year’s surging measles cases is New York, where Rockland County and New York City have been battling outbreaks for nearly eight months. The two jurisdictions account for the majority of the cases this year, with a total of 643. The outbreaks have been concentrated in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

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