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Measles Spikes in Illinois

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More than 30 people have come down with the disease in Illinois, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s more than any other state through the end of July. Illinois hasn’t seen that many cases in a single year since 1994.

The sick individuals live in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties, and nearly all are children who had not been immunized. Public health officials say they are mostly homeschooled kids whose parents declined the vaccine. Illinois law allows families to opt out of mandatory vaccinations for health or religious reasons.

Measles is increasingly rare in the U-S. The disease can be fatal, though no deaths have been reported this year.

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