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health officials are sounding the alarm the number of cases in the current U. S. measles outbreak is approaching the one thousand mark the CDC on Monday reported nine hundred eighty one documented cases of measles in the first half of this year alone more than in any single year since nineteen ninety four it's the worst outbreak since nineteen ninety two when more than two thousand cases in the US were recorded forty one new cases were reported just last week and the CDC's Dr Tom Clark says summer travel by unvaccinated kids could make the situation even worse where worried about summer travel were worried about kids going to summer camps especially in upstate New York health officials attribute this year's outbreak to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children contrary to scientific evidence some parents believe that the vaccine can cause autism in New York the outbreak has mainly been confined to the orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood measles was declared eliminated in the United States in two thousand but this year New York and Washington states have declared public health emergencies and the CDC says the U. S. risks losing its measles elimination status if the ongoing outbreak which began in October last year continues until October of this year