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CDC: U.S. measles outbreak grows to highest level in 25 years

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CDC: US measles outbreak at highest in 25 yearsThe measles outbreak in the United States has grown to its second-highest level in a quarter-century, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

There have been 555 cases reported so far in 20 states, the CDC said. The number has risen by nearly 200 in just two weeks as many Americans refuse to get their children vaccinated for religious or anti-government reasons.

The current level represents the most measles cases in 25 years.

"I'm obviously very concerned about the size and also acceleration of the current outbreak," Dr. Nancy Messonier, director of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said. "This is not going to stop on its own."

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