US will likely keep measles elimination status, CDC says

The CDC said it expects the United States to maintain its measles elimination status after learning that New York state's measles outbreak is officially over, reports CNN.

As of Oct. 3, New York has gone more than 42 days — or two incubation periods — without any new measles cases, according to a statement from the New York health department. Since last October, 406 people have contracted measles in the state.

Nationwide, measles has sickened 1,243 people in 2019, marking the highest number of measles cases reported since 1992. The drastic uptick in cases this year drew concern that the U.S. would lose its measles elimination status, which it earned in 2000. However, the CDC told CNN it now "anticipates maintaining" this status.

A disease is considered eliminated from a country when residents can no longer contract it within a country's borders.

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