The number of measles cases reported so far this year has reached its highest level in 25 years, officials said Wednesday.
According to New York City health officials, 61 new cases have surfaced since the end of last week. This year, the number in the US surpasses the total of 667 cases of the disease in 2014, so the year 2019 is the worst year for measles since 1994 according to The Associated Press
The increase in cases is largely due to the dissemination of misinformation parents have learned about vaccinating their children.
The measles are very contagious and can be transmitted through the air after a cough or sneeze. All Americans over the age of 1
The State of New York was home to about three-quarters of the 2019 cases reported in the US, with much of it affected. They were presented to unvaccinated individuals.
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In 2000, the disease was virtually eliminated in the country decades after a vaccine was made available. However, the spread of false information about the vaccine has raised concerns and in some areas has led to low vaccination scores. It is believed that immunization is safe and highly effective.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.