October 7, 2019 / 2:14 PM / in 16 days

U.S. recorded seven new cases of measles last week

FILE PHOTO: Lead medical assistant Fengmei Lin holds a vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

(Reuters) - The United States recorded 7 new measles cases last week taking the total cases for the year to 1,250 in the worst outbreak since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.

As of Oct. 3, the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease has been reported in 31 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (bit.ly/2iMFK71)

Despite the outbreak, the United States retained its World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated measles, the agency said on Friday.

Reporting by Saumya Sibi Joseph in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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