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Spike in measles cases in the U.S.

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Measles are making a comeback in the U.S. since fewer people are being vaccinated.

Local experts say parts of Texas have even seen a spike in cases.

According to the health department in Amarillo, we have not seen a case of measles in our are in years, but Dr. Susan E. Ellington with Texas Tech say that could change.

"In 2014 it looks like it is going to be one of the biggest years for measles cases in the United States that we have seen in 10 years."

In western Europe measles are common and unvaccinated US travelers are bringing it back with them.

"It is related to incidents of measles in other countries across the world particularly in Europe. So we are seeing an increase in travel to Europe and therefore Americans are often times contracting the illness while overseas and then bringing it back to the states."

Dr. Mariada George with Panhandle Pediatrics says measles have the potential to spread to Amarillo vaccination is key to prevention.

"Lots of people travel from Amarillo, there are a lot of people moving into Amarillo from all over the country, we can get it here. Why would you let something happen to your child or to you that you could have prevented. In my mind it is just like car seats. You wouldn't put a kid in a car without a car seat would you?"

There have been nearly 130 cases of measles in the US so far this year.

Everyday around the world about 430 children die from measles.