Bad news after a long absence, measles is making a comeback

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The World Health Organization declared in 2000 that the U.S. had eliminated measles.

Now, the U.S. status is about to change.

The CDC says there is a chance the U.S. will lose its Measles Elimination status in October, due to ongoing outbreaks in New York.

The city’s outbreak started in September of last year. Since then 600 confirmed cases of measles have been reported.

Thirty states in the U.S. have conifrmed measles this year. Colorado is among them, but so far, only one case has been reported here.

Vaccinations works, I mean… they prevent this. Measles is not a simple viral illness with a rash. 4-10% of people die from measlses, and even higher percantages have significant complications from it. It is not a simple viral illness… it is one that kills.

Thomas Tobin, Chief Medical Officer

Community Hospital also says that if measles does become a larger threat to Mesa County, they would take precautions primarily with hospital patients, and contact the CDC and the county health department for further investigation.

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