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NYC Health Commissioner: One measles case is ruled out

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The number of measles cases has dropped to 24 after one case was ruled out, Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett announced on Tuesday.

Last week, Bassett said that 25 cases of measles had been confirmed in New York City, including three cases on the Lower East Side. So far, the department has not seen any new cases of measles.

"While this is encouraging, it is too soon to know if the outbreak is over," she said. "We may continue to see more cases. I continue to urge New Yorkers to ensure all household members, including young children, are vaccinated, and providers remain vigilant."

Since February, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has confirmed 11 pediatric cases and 13 adult cases. Last month, the department announced that it had identified 16 cases of measles in northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 54 people in the United States have been identified as having measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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