- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Nearly 700 Americans have come down with a case of the measles this year — a new high since the virus was declared eliminated in 2000.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said “pockets of people who are vaccine-hesitant” have contributed to the spike across 22 states this year.

CDC places the number of cases at 681, which is based on data gleaned as of April 19, CNN reported Wednesday.

“There are pockets of people who are vaccine-hesitant,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, told members of Congress in February, the network reported.

The previous high of measles cases since its elimination was 667 in 2014.

The virus has been reported in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

“Outbreaks of measles occur when measles gets into these communities of unvaccinated people. The only way to protect against measles is to get vaccinated,” Dr. Messonnier added.

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