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German toddler dies of measles, fuelling compulsory vaccination debate

Published:Monday | February 23, 2015 | 2:19 PM

An 18-month-old boy died today in a measles outbreak in the German capital Berlin, sparking a debate over compulsory vaccinations.

Berlin's health senator says the boy died in hospital and it was not clear how he contracted the disease.

Meanwhile, US authorities are also reporting more than 120 new cases in California.

The disease is treatable but can weaken the immune system and cause lung and brain infections.