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Young child dies of measles in Berlin, 1st death in outbreak

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BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin hospital says an 18-month-old boy has died of measles amid an outbreak of the disease in the German capital.

The Charite hospital said Tuesday that an autopsy on the child, who wasn't inoculated against measles, showed that he had another disease as well, but it wouldn't have led to his death without the measles infection.

It's the first known death in an outbreak that has seen Berlin record more than 570 cases over recent months. Officials believe the outbreak began with a child asylum-seeker from Bosnia.

Health Minister Hermann Groehe called on Monday for an increased effort to ensure that children are vaccinated. He said that "if that doesn't succeed, an obligation to vaccinate isn't a taboo," but it is not currently on the agenda.

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