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As measles cases reach a new high, NC medical providers urge vaccine-skeptics to immunize their children

For those keeping a tally, 60 new measles cases cropped up in the U.S. last week. That brings the total number of cases to 940 this year.

Health officials say confirmed cases have been reported in more than half the states and we are now experiencing the worst outbreak in 25 years.

The continuing spread has health officials worried ahead of a busy summer travel season.

If you missed it over the holiday weekend, be sure to listen to our interview (click below) with NC Health News reporter Reporter Sarah Ovaska-Few, who talks with Policy Watch about the increase in measles outbreaks and what North Carolina pediatricians are doing about the drop in vaccination rates.

And for more from Ovaska-Few, check out her latest story at NC Health News on the ongoing court challenges to the DHHS’ choices for Medicaid managed care providers, which threatens to derail more than than $30 billion in contracts.

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