Measles cases continue climb; ‘eliminated’ disease see highest total in 25 years
The number of measles cases reported in the U.S. is continuing to climb despite efforts to stifle spread of a disease that was declared eliminated in this country almost two decades ago.
Another 41 cases were reported last week, raising the 2019 total to a 25-year-high of 880, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. That’s the highest annual total since more than 950 cases were reported in 1994 – and this year isn’t half over yet.
Measles have been reported in 24 states; Oklahoma joined the list this week. The majority of cases remain in New York City and its suburbs.
The upside: The number of additional cases was the lowest in several weeks. The previous week saw 75 new cases.
Measles made a comeback in part because of a movement against vaccination in the U.S. The outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from countries such as Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring, the CDC said.