NEW YORK (CBSNEWS.COM) – Measles cases in the United States have surged to a new high, eclipsing the total number of cases from all of 1992, the worst in 27 years, the CDC said Thursday.

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There have been 971 cases confirmed in 2019 so far, according to the CDC. That’s the greatest number since 1992, which had 963 cases in the entire year, and it’s a dramatic spike from the 372 cases in 2018.

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Before the measles vaccine, an estimated 3 to 4 million people in the U.S. contracted the disease every year, according to CDC data.

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