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Busiest week yet brings 2019 measles total to 555 cases


The pace of reporting of new measles cases has increased over the last month, bringing the total number for the year to 555 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Number of measles cases reported to the CDC

The 90 measles cases reported during the week ending April 11 mark the third consecutive weekly high for 2019, topping the 78 recorded during the week of April 4 and the 73 reported during the week of March 28. Meanwhile, this year’s total trails only the 667 cases reported in 2014 for the highest in the postelimination era, the CDC said April 15.

New York reported 26 new cases in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood last week, which puts the borough at 227 for the year, with another two occurring in the Flushing section of Queens. A public health emergency declared on April 9 covers several zip codes in Williamsburg and requires unvaccinated individuals who may have been exposed to measles to receive “the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine in order to protect others in the community and help curtail the ongoing outbreak,” the city’s health department said in a written statement.

Maryland became the 20th state to report a measles case this year, and the state’s department of health said it was notifying those in the vicinity of a medical office building in Pikesville about possible exposure on April 2.

The recent outbreak in Michigan’s Oakland County did not result in any new patients over the last week and remains at 38 cases, with the state reporting one additional case in Wayne County. More recent reports of a case in Washtenaw County and another in Oakland County were reversed after additional testing, the state health department reported.

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