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Measles outbreak continues in five states; 64 cases confirmed in Washington State


Five measles outbreaks (defined as 3 or more cases) have been reported in the U.S. in 2019 in Rockland County, NY; Monroe County, NY; New York City; Washington State; and Texas. 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 measles outbreak in Clark County, WA, is continuing. As of February 20, Clark County Public Health reported 63 confirmed cases and one case in King County, WA. Clark County Public Health also reported that as of December 31, 2018, only 78% of Clark County 6- to 18-year-olds and only 81% of 1- to 5-year-olds had received the age-appropriate number of doses of measles vaccine.

According to CDC’s Measles Cases and Outbreaks web page, 127 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in ten states between January 1 to February 14. The states that have reported cases to CDC are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

This article is reprinted from original material provided by the Immunization Action Coalition. Content may be viewed in its original context by clicking here.

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