U.S. sees spike in measles cases

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The number of measles cases in the United States is at its highest level since 1997, and nearly half the cases involve children whose parents did not get them vaccinated, government health officials reported Thursday.

The number of cases so far this year is still small, just 131. But that compares with 42 cases for all of last year.

As of July 30, the country had seen seven outbreaks, including one in Illinois with 30 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. None of the 131 patients died. Fifteen were hospitalized.