April 29, 2019 / 3:15 PM / in 24 days

U.S. has recorded 704 cases of measles this year, a 25-year-high-health officials

April 29 (Reuters) - The United States recorded 78 new measles cases last week for a total of 704 cases so far this year, the greatest number in a quarter century, federal health officials said on Monday.

The number was up 1.3 percent since the most recent tally of 695 reported on Wednesday, according to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some 22 states have recorded cases of the extremely contagious and sometimes deadly disease. (Reporting by Gabriella Borter in New York and Scott Malone in Boston)

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