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New York witnesses largest measles outbreak in recent history

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Amid spike in cases globally, too is seeing the largest of in the state's recent history.

According to a report published in CNN, since its outbreak, has been diagnosed in at least 112 people across and counties and at least 55 in City. The numbers were provided by the state and city departments on Tuesday.

Speaking about it, the of health, Dr said, "I would say this is the that New York state has had in recent history."

The outbreak, which emerged after some children were infected on a visit to in September, has particularly affected Orthodox Jewish communities, according to the Department.

Nationally, 2018 saw the second-highest number of measles diagnoses in more than two decades, with 273 cases.

In 2015, an outbreak linked to Disneyland had 147 cases. There were 508 cases reported nationally in 1996, and some previous years saw higher numbers, too.

The CDC recommends that people get the measles, and vaccine, or MMR, to protect against those viruses. Measles is a that is transmitted by sneezing and coughing, as well as direct contact with an infected person, according to the CDC.

Symptoms include and rash, usually lasting several days. Infected people are contagious from four days before through four days after the appears. Young children and pregnant women are among those at highest risk for severe complications, which can lead to death.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 17:15 IST