Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. measles cases are "accelerating" amid "global crisis"

Data: Adapted from CDC; Chart: Axios Visuals

Measles cases in the U.S. jumped last week, with 90 new confirmed cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. The global statistics are also grim, with a 300% increase in preliminary data for the first 3 months of this year compared with last year.

Why it matters: The extremely contagious virus, for which there is a safe and effective vaccine, shows no signs of slowing despite efforts by public health authorities to combat the spread of misinformation with strong measures. International health officials are becoming increasingly concerned about simultaneous, growing outbreaks in multiple countries.

Ground beef possibly linked to E. coli breakouts

Ground beef in a petri dish
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Ground beef may be the cause of a multi-state E. coli outbreak, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Details: The CDC investigation is ongoing, but 109 people have contracted E. coli in 6 different states. All of those affected said they ate ground beef either at home or at a restaurant. The organization stated a common distributor or brand of ground beef hasn't been identified, adding that people shouldn't stop eating ground beef, but should handle carefully.