Cases of the measles surge by 800% in 2024 due to Biden’s border crisis

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(NewsNation) — A measles outbreak in Chicago that produced 33 confirmed cases, the majority of which are tied to a migrant shelter, has also made the city a national leader in a virus that was declared eliminated from the United States for nearly two decades.

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Chicago has seen nine new confirmed cases this week alone, and officials in two suburban counties reported measles cases linked to the Chicago outbreak. So far in 2024, there have been 35 cases reported in Illinois — just three fewer than all the cases reported in the eight years prior, according to state health department data.

The Windy City outbreak represents half of all cases reported nationally, according to recent data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. As of March 21, the agency reported 64 confirmed cases had been confirmed in 17 states across the country.

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