Measles outbreak may trigger rare travel ban

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This year’s measles outbreak is reaching levels not seen in 25 years.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 940 confirmed cases of measles in the U.S. so far this year – that’s 60 more reported cases than last week. 

It’s nowhere near over, as officials say we’re close to surpassing 1994’s measles outbreak.

Now local and state officials are reportedly considering requesting the enactment of a rarely used travel ban on infectious passengers, according to the Washington Post. 

The newspaper reports 8 people from 5 states were warned the federal government could put them on a “Do Not Board” list managed by the CDC. 

Those 8 people canceled their travel plans, according to the Post. 

The CDC says the current surge in U.S. measles cases can be traced to travelers who brought in the illness from countries such as Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, where large outbreaks are being reported. 

More than 60% of those travelers were unvaccinated Americans coming back from abroad.

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