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US measles cases in 2011 hit 15-year high

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 2011 was the worst year for the virus in 15 years in the U.S. A rash caused by measles is seen in this undated file photo.
April 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Measles is making a comeback in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 2011 was the worst year for the virus in 15 years.

There were 222 cases of measles, a large jump from the 60 or so seen in a typical year.

The CDC says the highly contagious virus is usually introduced by people who have travelled internationally.

Children in the U.S. have been getting vaccinated for the last 50 years. Those who have not been vaccinated face a much higher risk.

Measles causes a fever, runny nose, cough and rash all over the body. In rare cases, it can be deadly.


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