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Authorities declared measles eliminated in the US in 2000, a goal set in 1963 with the introduction of the vaccineAuthorities declared measles eliminated in the US in 2000, a goal set in 1963 with the introduction of the vaccine (AFP Photo/GEORGE FREY)

Washington (AFP) – The United States risks losing its measles “elimination status” if current outbreaks continue, US health authorities said Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday there have been 971 cases of measles reported in the US so far this year, which means more people have caught the disease in the last five months than in any entire calendar year since 1992, which saw 963 reported cases.

Authorities declared measles eliminated in the US in 2000, a

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