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CDC: More measles cases reported in 2024 than all of 2023

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As of March 21, 2024, 64 measles cases have been reported to the CDC by 17 jurisdictions.

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CDC: More measles cases reported in 2024 than all of 2023 | Image Credit: © jarun011 - © jarun011 - stock.adobe.com.

The number of measles cases in the United States reported during 2024 has surpassed the 2023 total, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1

A total of 64 measles cases have been reported in the United States as of March 21, 2024, spanning across 17 jurisdictions: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.1

The number of cases reported in 2024 has now surpassed the total number of cases reported in all of 2023 (58).1

In light of recent rising cases in the United States, and globally, the CDC last week released a health alert network health advisory, informing clinicians of the increase in cases.2

As of March 14, 2024, 58 cases were reported and confirmed by the CDC. The latest report from the agency's "Measles Cases and Outbreaks" website page represent an increase of 6 cases from March 14 to March 21, 2024.1

"At a time where we have an increased number of cases in the United States, it's really incumbent on patients to get the vaccines, for physicians, health care professionals to recommend these vaccines, and for the parents to ensure they protect their children," said Mirza Rahman, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM, president, American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), adjunct faculty, Columbia University School of Public Health, in an interview with Contemporary Pediatrics.2

To read full details of the previously released health alert advisory from the CDC, click here.2

References:

1. Measles Cases and Outbreaks. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated March 21, 2024. Accessed March 25, 2024. https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html

2. Fitch, J. CDC issues health advisory amid increasing US, global measles cases. Contemporary Pediatrics. March 21, 2024. Accessed March 25, 2024. https://www.contemporarypediatrics.com/view/cdc-issues-health-advisory-amid-increasing-us-global-measles-cases

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