Measles Cases Increasing
Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.Maybe it's time to think about restarting vaccination programs.
Authorities say 129 cases in 13 states were reported by mid-April, the bulk of them in California and New York City.
Most were triggered by travelers who caught the virus abroad and spread it in the United States among unvaccinated people. Many of the travelers had been to the Philippines, where a recent measles epidemic has caused at least 20,000 illnesses.
The U.S. numbers remain relatively tiny, but officials are worried to see case counts growing.