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Measles count for 2019 now over 900 cases


 

The year’s first cases of measles in Maine and New Mexico bring the total number of states with the virus to 26 in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Number of measles cases reported to the CDC

The CDC received reports of 60 new measles cases last week – up from 41 the previous week – bringing the U.S. total to 940 for the year as of May 24. The CDC is currently tracking 10 outbreaks in seven states: California (3), Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New York (2), Pennsylvania, and Washington.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the state’s first case on May 20. The school-aged child from Somerset County had been vaccinated and is fully recovered from the disease. It’s not yet known where the child was exposed to measles, but sporadic cases are not unexpected, the Maine CDC said.

New Mexico’s first measles case of the year, a 1-year-old in Sierra County, has at least one state lawmaker considering changes to the state’s immunization exemption laws, the Farmington Daily Times reported.

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