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A significant factor in 2 New York outbreaks is misinformation about vaccine safety, the CDC says.
Traditional chiefs and local officials took new steps to ease community resistance to response efforts.
The outbreak total has reached 305, with 189 deaths and 60 suspected cases.
In other developments, Uganda will start vaccinating health workers in high-risk areas, and 2 global experts press for more high-level involvement, including US committment.
The declaration comes just 11 weeks after health officials sounded the alarm about the outbreak in early May.
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