U.S. records 1,000th case of measles, officials blame misinformation for outbreak

CDC announced Wednesday that the number of measles cases reported in the United States so far this year has surpassed the 1,000 mark. Since May 27, 61 new cases of measles have been reported, bringing the total to 1,001—the highest level recorded since 1992, when more than 2,100 cases were diagnosed.

CDC announced Wednesday that the number of measles cases reported in the United States so far this year has surpassed the 1,000 mark. Since May 27, 61 new cases of measles have been reported, bringing the total to 1,001—the highest level recorded since 1992, when more than 2,100 cases were diagnosed. According to federal health officials, this year's outbreak is due in large part to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children because of misinformation. "We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease and end the current outbreak," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.