The nationwide measles outbreak is still growing, with just over 1,200 confirmed cases being reported in 30 states as of Aug. 15, marking 21 more cases from the week before, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The measles outbreak spreading across the country has spiked to 1,200 confirmed cases, reports The Hill. For the first time, Alaska and Ohio saw new cases, which brought the number of states up to 30.
According to the CDC, the outbreak promises to be the worst since 1992 and since the disease was declared to be “eliminated” in the United States since the year 2000.
The report shows 124 people were hospitalized as of Aug. 15, with serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis reported in 64 people. Most of the cases are in New York and New York City. In Rockland County, N.Y., alone, 296 confirmed cases were reported from the beginning of January through Aug. 15, and 80 percent of the county’s residents have not received the measles vaccine.
Meanwhile, as of Monday, 654 cases of measles have been reported in New York City since September 2018.
The worst jump in cases, however, occurred during the first week of June, when there were 41 new cases diagnosed and April 22, the CDC listed an increase of 71 new cases.
Currently, active outbreaks, defined as three or more people with diagnosed cases of measles, are going on in Rockland County; New York City; Washington state; Los Angeles County; El Paso, Texas; and Wyoming County, New York.
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