The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday reported a nearly 20 percent jump in the number of people confirmed with measles in the week since April 4.
From Jan. 1 to April 11, 555 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 20 states, the second-highest number of cases reported since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, the health agency said.
— Greg Folkers (@greg_folkers) April 15, 2019
The CDC had reported 465 cases in 19 states between Jan. 1 and April 4.
In New York City there have been at least 285 reported cases of measles since October, the large majority among members of the Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the outbreak a public health emergency last week and ordered unvaccinated people in the affected parts of Brooklyn to get the vaccine or face a fine.
More Measles Outbreak News
The number of measles cases in the United States made its biggest jump of the year, with 90 new cases reported in just one week, according to numbers released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://t.co/hUTFSuzUeT
— CNN (@CNN) April 15, 2019
— New York Post (@nypost) April 15, 2019
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 15, 2019
Measles causes over 100,000 deaths every year. It’s back in countries where it was previously wiped out. And it’s extremely contagious. https://t.co/5pNImOfWuk
— CNN International (@cnni) April 15, 2019
Madagascar is experiencing one of the largest measles outbreaks in history: 115,000 cases of measles, claiming over 1,200 lives pic.twitter.com/Urka6HtDyL
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) April 15, 2019
Reuters contributed to this report.
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