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Measles outbreaks on the rise across Europe


LONDON (AP) -- A new report says measles is on the rise in Europe after years of decline.

Health officials blame the epidemic primarily on low vaccination rates.

As of October, there were more than 26,000 cases of measles reported in Europe this year and nine deaths. Most of the cases were in France, Spain and Romania.

Measles had been in decline across Europe, but the number of cases have been increasing sharply since 2009.

A measles expert at the World Health Organization says people are making "a dangerous decision" by deciding to skip the measles shot.

The European epidemic is also behind some of the measles cases in the U.S.

The new report was released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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