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Large measles outbreak reported in Michigan


A new measles outbreak in Michigan has already resulted in 39 cases, and four more states reported their first cases of 2019 during the week ending April 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The measles virus has now infected individuals in Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Nevada, which means that 19 states have now reported a total of 465 cases this year, and that is the second-highest total “reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000,” the CDC said April 8.

The Michigan outbreak is mostly concentrated in Oakland County, where 38 cases have occurred. The county has posted an up-to-date list of exposure locations.

Not to be outdone, New York reported 45 new cases last week: 44 in Brooklyn and 1 in Queens. There have been 259 confirmed cases in the two boroughs since the outbreak began in October of last year.

Besides Michigan and New York City, there are five other outbreaks ongoing in the United States: Rockland County, N.Y.; Washington State (no new cases since March 22); Butte County, Calif.; Santa Cruz County, Calif.; and New Jersey, the CDC reported.

A judge in New York State temporarily blocked an order banning unimmunized children from public spaces in Rockland County and has set a hearing date of April 19, CNN reported. The ban, ordered by Rockland County Executive Ed Day, went into effect on March 27.

On April 2, the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention announced that an out-of-state resident with a confirmed case of measles had visited two health care offices – one in Falmouth and one in Westbrook – on March 27. No cases in Maine residents have been reported yet.

On a vaccine-related note, the Washington State Senate’s Health and Long Term Care Committee approved a proposal on April 1 that would “end the personal exemption for parents who don’t want their children vaccinated against measles,” the Spokane Spokesman-Review said. The bill, which would still allow medical and religious exemptions, has already passed the state’s House of Representatives and goes next to the full senate.

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