mea·​sle | \ ˈmē-zəl How to pronounce measle (audio) \

Definition of measle

: a cysticercus tapeworm larva specifically : one found in the muscles of a domesticated mammal

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The World Health Organization removes a county's elimination status when measles has been spreading continuously for one year. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "New York City measles outbreak has ended, health officials say," 3 Sep. 2019 New York City’s largest measles outbreak in nearly 30 years is over, city officials said Tuesday. Lena H. Sun,, "New York City declares end to largest measles outbreak in nearly 30 years," 3 Sep. 2019 The earlier batch of school-by-school data was released in May amid measles outbreaks across the country and came as lawmakers were considering eliminating the religious exemption to vaccinations for school-age children. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: It’s ‘Nedstock’ at the Woodstock Fair; lawmakers say to stay tuned for transportation news," 30 Aug. 2019 Around that time, a county about 40 miles north of New York City declared a state of emergency because of a measles outbreak. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Flight attendant diagnosed with measles after flying from New York has died," 14 Aug. 2019 The Legislature approved the bill after a measles outbreak traced to unvaccinated visitors at Disneyland sickened at least 147 people. Dustin Gardiner,, "Parents block California’s effort to investigate ‘fake’ vaccine exemptions," 12 Aug. 2019 The United States is in the midst of its largest measles outbreak in decades, with clusters of cases emerging in New York, Michigan and Washington. al, "Unvaccinated students are clustered in private schools," 9 Aug. 2019 The news comes as the country grapples with its worst measles outbreak in decades. Soumya Karlamangla,, "UCLA employee may have spread measles at campus food court," 9 July 2019 The investigations are being conducted during the worst measles outbreak in decades, and amid a bitter fight over student vaccine requirements. Cat Ferguson, The Mercury News, "Five California doctors now under investigation over student vaccine exemptions," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of measle

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for measle

singular of measles

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mea·​sle | \ ˈmē-zəl How to pronounce measle (audio) \

Medical Definition of measle

: cysticercus specifically : one found in the muscles of a domesticated mammal

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