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New measles cases reported in the outbreak affecting 26 states



U.S. officials reported 60 new measles cases last week during an outbreak of the disease that has reached 26 states.

The number of measles cases increased 6.8 percent in the week ending May 24, reported Reuters Monday and citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are a total of 940 confirmed cases this year, the highest number since 1994, and since officials stated that the disease was eliminated from the United States in 2000, the news service noted.

The public health authorities are blamed for the increase in cases of the misinformation of vaccines.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a bill last Friday, ending most non-medical exceptions for compulsory childhood vaccines, just days after the first confirmed measles case hit the state.

The law eliminates religious and philosophical exceptions in Maine, local ABC affiliate WMTW reported.

Under the new law, only physicians and primary care providers can determine whether a child should receive a medical exception.

Hillen has reached the CDC for comments.

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