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U.S. measles cases at highest level since 2001

OSHA Healthcare Connection, May 13, 2008

Since January, 64 cases of measles have been reported in the United States, the highest number reported for this time period since 2001, the CDC said.

According to a May 1 CDC report, measles transmissions have occurred in both healthcare and community settings. One case was an unvaccinated healthcare worker. Another 17 people were infected while visiting a healthcare facility, including a 1-year-old "who was exposed in a physician's office when receiving a routine dose of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine," according to the report.

Measles outbreaks have occurred in nine states. Four states—Arizona, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin—continue to report cases of measles.

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