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Measles cases spike to highest levels in U.S. since 1996

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(WJLA) - The number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked in 2014, climbing to their highest point since 1996 according to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a story in The Washington Post, 129 people in 13 states have been infected with the measles in 2014. No deaths have been reported yet from the outbreak and only one or two people die from the disease out of each 1,000 cases. No American has died from the measles since 2003.

Thirty four of the 129 cases are the result of travelers catching the disease abroad and bringing it home with them. Seventeen of the cases originated in the Philippines, where a large outbreak has infected 20,000 people and killed 69.

Read more from The Washington Post.

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