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The measles viirus, from common to rare...to common once again

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Thanks to the measles vaccine, the disease has gone from something every child had at some point, to being eliminated in the US. So why are we hearing so much lately about the measles?       

Today, officials with the CDC announced it's not spreading in the US…yet. But it could because it is still more common in Western Europe, and sometimes travelers bring it home.

"Elimination though is not eradication, and as long as there is measles anywhere in the world there is a threat of measles anywhere else in the world, and that's the case here as well. We've seen increasing number of cases in recent years, coming from a wide variety of countries," says Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC.

Frieden says there are 400 measles deaths every day around the world. Though there have been none in the US this year.      

But, 23 patients here had to be hospitalized.      

The CDC wants you to remember that the measles vaccine is highly effective.

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