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Infographic – U.S. Measles Cases Spike in 2019

Measles cases in U.S.


11 Jan. 2019. The number of new measles cases reported in the U.S. jumped sharply in 2019 to 1,282, more than three times the cases reported in 2018 and nearly twice the number in 2014, the previous high since 2010. The data analytics company Statista displayed the findings this week from data reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for this weekend’s infographic on Science & Enterprise.

CDC says the 1,282 cases is the largest annual number since 1992. Over the last 12 months, measles cases in the U.S. reached their highest points in March and April, with more than 300 reported each month, but the numbers declined for the rest of the year to less than 10 each month in November and December. Nearly three-quarters of the cases (73%) occurred in New York City and State among communities where large shares of the population are not vaccinated.

In fact, says CDC, the majority of measles cases in 2019 occurred in people who were not vaccinated against the disease. The agency says during the year 128 individuals infected with measles, about 10 percent of the total, needed hospitalization, including 61 with serious complications including pneumonia and encephalitis.

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