Costa Rica has not had a domestic case of measles since 2006, and the last imported case occurred in 2014. The measles two-dose vaccine is 97 percent effective against the virus, according to the CDC, but the number of children who aren’t being vaccinated by 24 months old has been gradually increasing.

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Contributing: Ashley May and Brett Molina, USA TODAY
Follow N’dea Yancey-Bragg on Twitter: @NdeaYanceyBragg
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Unvaccinated French boy brings measles to Costa Rica for the first time in five years

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