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CDC discusses recent spike in measles

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hosted a media briefing to discuss the renewed resurgence in measles in the U.S. and its continued threat to health security.

Director of the CDC Dr. Tom Frieden said 50 years after the measles vaccine, this country is seeing a resurgence of the deadly virus.

There were 175 cases this year but thanks to the vaccine, no one died.

About 20 people still had be hospitalized.

Frieden said while the deadly virus has a vaccine, it must be used to be successful - particularly beyond the U.S. boarders, for protection when Americans travel abroad.

"We're all connected by the air we breath, by the water we drink and by the food we eat. Just as viruses anywhere, it's [measles] just a plane ride away," said Frieden.

The CDC also recognized Dr. Samuel Katz with Duke University today.

He is a co-inventor of the measles vaccine.

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