CDC to address recent spike in measles cases

(WXYZ) - Leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are expected to hold a media tele-briefing at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to address the recent spike in measles cases in the U.S.

As of November 30, there have been 175 cases reported in 2013, which is nearly triple the annual average of 60 cases.

At least two of the 175 cases were in Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, both of those cases involved babies under 12 months of age and both of them recovered.

This year, outbreaks have been reported in New York and North Carolina. The outbreak in New York was the largest in 15 years.

The CDC says most of the people who contracted the virus had not been vaccinated. Nearly a quarter of the patients who were infected had also traveled out of the country, according to the CDC.

The CDC urges parents to get their children vaccinated against the measles. It's also recommended adults born in 1957 or after, who have not contracted the measles or been vaccinated, receive at least one dose of the vaccine.

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