Measles Outbreak Nears Record as 90 New Cases Reported Last Week

Measles Outbreak
Face of boy with measles. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The measles outbreak in the United States is close to reaching the highest number on record after 90 more cases were reported last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On Monday, the CDC said there were 555 confirmed individuals infected with measles in 20 states from January 1 to April 11, 2019. The CDC recorded 667 cases of measles in 2014, the largest number recorded since the country eliminated the disease in 2000.

The states that reported cases of measles this year include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

The State of New York reported 77 of the 90 new cases reported last week. New York City reported 55 cases and Rockland County reported 27 cases.

Last year, the CDC recorded 372 cases due to 17 outbreaks. The outbreaks in New York and New Jersey primarily among unvaccinated people in Jewish Orthodox communities contributed to most of the cases.