According to Reuters, the measles virus is on the rise in the US. The number of confirmed cases of the disease in the United States has jumped by nearly 20 percent in 2019. Federal health officials report that the US is currently n the midst of the second-worst outbreak in nearly two decades. As of April 11, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded 555 cases of measles since the beginning of the year, up from 465 cases confirmed by April 4. The cases were found in 20 states spanning the country. The measles virus is highly contagious and can lead to deadly complications, particularly in children.

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