PH among sources of rising US measles cases

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 25, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The number of measles cases in the United States has reached a nearly two-decade high, and doctors say the disease is being brought in from other countries like the Philippines.

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A new report from the centers for disease control or CDC shows that more people have been infected in the United States over the first four months of 2014 than have been infected in the first four months of the past 18 years.

Health officials say 13 outbreaks and 129 cases have been recorded so far this year.

California is reporting the highest numbers, with 58 cases.

The CDC says many of the California cases are a result of people visiting the Philippines, which is experiencing a very large measles outbreak.

In February, health officials alerted the public in the Bay Area after a student, who caught the measles in the Philippines, rode a public train — possibly exposing thousands of commuters to the airborne disease.

The CDC said the last time there was a reported death from measles in the U.S. was in 2005.

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