CDC report: Measles cases surge in U.S.

08/21/2008 | Wall Street Journal (free content), The

The number of measles cases in the U.S. reached 131 during the first seven months of 2008, increasing from 42 cases for all of 2007, CDC officials reported. The agency's review found that most of this year's cases involved patients -- mostly children -- who were not vaccinated or had an unknown vaccination status, with 63 declining the shot because of religious or philosophical reasons. Doctors are concerned that the trend is being driven by parents' fears that vaccines can cause autism.

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