according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just over half of the cases in 2019 have occurred in Clark County, Wash., which has reported 53 cases. That outbreak led Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a public health emergency for the entire state on Jan. 25.
The cases in Washington represent one of the five outbreaks – the CDC defines an outbreak as three or more cases – that have occurred so far this year, with three reported in New York State (Rockland County, Monroe County, and New York City) and one in Texas, which has been spread out over five counties, the CDC reported Feb. 11.
“These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring,” the CDC noted. The other states with confirmed cases are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, and Oregon.
In a video released Feb. 1, Surgeon General Jerome Adams stressed the importance of getting vaccinated and noted that an infected person can transmit the measles virus up to 4 days before he or she develops symptoms.