Significant increase in measles cases and outbreaks in the USA

16 April 2019

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that from 1 January to 4 April 2019, 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 USA states.This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the USA since measles was eliminated in the year 2000.

The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

These outbreaks are linked to travellers who have brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines where large measles outbreaks are occurring.

More information on the measles outbreak in the USA can be found on TRAVAX.

Further information and advice about measles for travel purposes can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: CDC, 10 April 2019