Measles cases on the rise nationally, though not in Hawaii

File Photo: Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
File Photo: Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Measles cases across the nation continue to rise.

Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014, according to a new report released Thursday.

This is the largest number of measles cases in the United States reported in the first five months of a year since 1994, officials said.

Hawaii, however, seems to have avoided this trend. The state Dept. of Health said Hawaii has not seen any new cases of measles since two children contracted it in February.

Nearly all of the measles cases this year have been associated with international travel by unvaccinated people, officials said.

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