Post 119 – Measles Follow-up: cases double

This is a follow up to Post 110 with current information.

From Reuters – 

Measles cases have hit a 20-year high in the United States, a troubling increase fueled by international travel by people who have not been vaccinated against the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Between Jan. 1 and May 23 of this year, 288 measles cases were reported to the federal health agency, the highest year-to-date total since 1994, officials said.

Health officials say 307 cases have been reported since New Year’s Day. About half have been in the past month — most from a huge outbreak in unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio.

Meanwhile in California, the measles outbreak has effectively been contained. The Golden State has reported 60 cases of measles since the beginning of the year, but in early May a state health official confirmed there was no more local transmission of the disease. A number of the cases have been linked to travelers who caught the virus abroad and spread it in the United States among unvaccinated people. Many of the travelers had been to the Philippines, where a recent measles epidemic has caused more than 30,000 illnesses.

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