New York Mennonite Community Has 5 Measles Cases

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

SILVER SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Health officials say they've confirmed five cases of measles in a Mennonite community in western New York.

The state Health Department says Thursday the cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease were recorded in Wyoming County. The department has issued an advisory to notify regional health care providers of the potential for exposure.

Amid the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June signed a law ending all non-medical exemptions for vaccines required for children to attend school in the state.  

The Centers for Disease Control has counted nearly 1,200 cases of measles in 30 states so far this year. About three-quarters of the cases are linked to outbreaks in New York.