From CBS 2:
New York City health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children against measles after 11 cases of the highly contagious disease were identified in Brooklyn.
City health officials say most of the cases identified over the past two months were among children.
The virus can cause symptoms ranging from fever and rash to diarrhea and ear infections.
Some children may need to be hospitalized because of complications including pneumonia.
The illness typically begins with a rash on the face, which can spread to the rest of the body.
City health officials say children should be vaccinated at one year of age.
From the accompanying video:
Doctors at LIJ are saying they are seeing more cases of measles in the United States than in the past. Often times, people from other countries are bringing it in.
"We haven't have this many measles cases since about 20 years ago. So I have a feeling a lot has to do with globalization - more people coming in from countries where vaccination is not so widespread as it is here in this country," said Dr. Carl Mealie of LIJ. According to Dr. Mealie, the U.S. has seen 127 cases of measles so far this year. Typically, there are between 20 and 50 cases in an entire year.