Measles Count in U.S. Is Already Higher This Year Than in All of 2018

April 2, 2019

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There are already more cases of measles in the United States this year than in all of 2018. According to the Associated Press, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Monday that there have been 387 cases through March in the U.S. compared to 372 total cases last year. The 2019 numbers stem from outbreaks in multiple states, including Washington, California, New York, and Illinois. Those who have contracted the measles have generally not been vaccinated and are typically picking up the highly contagious virus while traveling in places where measles are more common. While measles are not life threatening for most people, a small portion of people can get very sick.