Why This Could Be the Worst Year for Measles in a Decade
As of last week, 228 U.S. measles cases were confirmed this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So far, 12 states have reported cases: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. The latest weekly update includes measles cases reported to the CDC by state health departments through March 7. This means that this year’s total is inching closer to the entire number of 2017 measles cases: 372. But that number is for the entire year and we’re only hitting mid-March. At this speed, it’s possible the number of measles cases this year could rival or even surpass the 667 cases seen in 2014 — currently the worst year in a decade.