According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of March 7, 2019, a large measles outbreak has been confirmed in 12 states with 228 individual cases. The deadly, very infectious, airborne disease outbreaks were reported from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring. The number of cases is inching closer to the 372 cases in all of 2018, which was the second-highest annual total for cases of the disease in more than two decades. The majority of people who got measles were not vaccinated.

In a given year, more measles outbreaks can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles abroad and bring it into the U.S., and/or further spread of measles in U.S. communities with pockets of unvaccinated people. The disease is airborne and highly contagious in closed air space. Sometimes doctors and nurses see patients in parking lots to avoid contamination. They’re also asking patients with measles symptoms to come later in the day to avoid spreading the illness during busy hours. For more details click here.

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