The United States wants to vaccinate people who have been in contact with measles

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US health authorities prepare to vaccinate people who have been in close contact with sufferers of measles, at a time when the state currently has five probable or confirmed cases of infection expects that number to increase.

- We want to maximize the distribution of vaccines to those we know will benefit. These are people who have been in close personal contact with people with measles, and especially people who are at risk of developing a more severe form of the disease, said Jennifer McQiston of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One case has been confirmed in the state of Massachusetts, and four are being analyzed but considered highly probable, one in New York and Florida and two in Utah. All cases are with men who have traveled outside the United States.

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