The United States recorded 71 new measles cases last week, a 13 percent increase as the country faces its second-worst outbreak of the disease in nearly two decades, federal health officials said on Monday.
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Number of measles cases reported by year.
The current record is the 667 cases reported during all of 2014.
The highest number of cases were reported in NY, where there was an outbreak in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994. Earlier this month, New York City declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood for people who may have been exposed to the virus. Just north of the city in Rockland County, cases have climbed to almost 200 since an outbreak began in October. Of those, 80.8% of the infected individuals never received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, Rockland County officials report.
The number of confirmed cases in other states are still in the double-digits, including 74 cases in Washington, 43 cases in MI, 23 in California and 13 in New Jersey.