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the measles outbreak in the US is spreading federal health officials say ninety new cases of the highly contagious disease were reported in the second week of April marking the biggest jump this year it's the country's second worst outbreak in nearly two decades the CDC says there are total of five hundred fifty five cases in twenty states spanning the US globally measles cases have risen as well the World Health Organization says there were more than one hundred twelve thousand cases worldwide in the first quarter of this year quadruple the number for the same period last year in the US the measles outbreak has been partly attributed to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children due to religious reasons there's also a growing and vocal fringe group of parents will pose vaccinations believing that the vaccines themselves can cause autism or other disorders the measles virus can lead to deadly complications particularly in children medical experts are urging parents to get their children vaccinated