Forty more cases and three more states were added to the measles count in the last week, bringing the U.S. total to 268 cases in 15 states so far in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Arizona, Michigan, and Missouri reported their first confirmed cases of the year, joining California (one outbreak), Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois (one outbreak), Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (two outbreaks), Oregon, Texas (one outbreak), and Washington (one outbreak), the CDC reported March 18.
Brooklyn, N.Y., has become the epicenter of measles activity since mid-February, and with 25 of the 40 new cases occurring there, the borough has now led the nation for four consecutive weeks. There have been 157 confirmed cases in Brooklyn and one in Queens since the outbreak began in October of 2018, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported.
Michigan’s first case of measles is travel related and involved an individual visiting from Israel following a stay in New York, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Oakland County Health Division announced March 13.
In Arizona, the state department of health services and the Pima County Public Health Department announced that a 12-month-old infant from Pima County has been diagnosed with measles after traveling to Asia.
A single case of measles, contracted while the person was traveling out of state, has been reported in Jefferson County, Mo., and is being managed by the county health department, according to St. Louis Public Radio.