The second-greatest number of measles cases has been reported in the U.S. since it was eliminated in 2000. The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. READ MORE.

NY declares measles emergency: For months, New York City officials have been fighting a measles outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn, knowing that the solution — the measles vaccine — was not reaching its target audience. With with cases still on the rise and the anti-vaccination movement spreading, city health officials on Tuesday took a more drastic step to stem one of the largest measles outbreaks in decades. READ MORE

How bad can the NYC outbreak get? Experts told Live Science that the outbreak could keep growing for sometime, although cases would likely be restricted to certain areas. READ MORE

USDA’s FSIS condemns Postfor reporting false information on public health issue: FSIS claims that The Washington Post reprinted talking points from special interest groups regarding a 2018-implemented, opt-in inspection system for market hogs, the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), failing to properly explain the new system to the public. READ MORE

AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Struggling dairy farmers push for control of milk supply: Some dairy farmers advocated for controlling the supply of milk to increase prices as producers and officials discussed how to support the struggling industry at a two-day summit in Vermont. READ MORE

VENEZUELA

Large parts of Venezuela hit by new blackout: The electricity shortage — the biggest in a week — hit a large section of the capital, with social media posts from residents across the country suggesting significant areas in at least 20 of the 23 states of Venezuela were also affected. READ MORE

U.S. shifts Venezuela strategy at U.N.: The U.S. called for the UN Security Council to hold a meeting on the deteriorating situation in the Andean nation, according to an official with knowledge of the request. The move came as a new report said that Venezuela requires a full-scale UN response to address increasing levels of food insecurity, disease and shortages of medicine. READ MORE

ANIMAL HEALTH

World Pork Expo canceled as a precaution: The National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) board of directors has announced its decision to cancel World Pork Expo 2019 out of an abundance of caution as African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia. READ MORE

BORDER SECURITY

Border patrol stops more than 100K immigrants at border in March: As the Trump administration has leveled more threats to close the southern border to immigrants, the number of illegal immigrants stopped at the border hit 103,492, the highest in five years, according to just-released U.S. Customs and Border Protection numbers. READ MORE

Migrants form caravan in Honduras: Almost 1,000 people gathered Tuesday night in the town of San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras to form a new caravan to reach the United States, police said. READ MORE