COCA Now: Measles: No Current, Multi-state Outbreak in the United States

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Measles: No Current, Multi-state Outbreak in the United States

107 Cases Reported So Far in 2018, by 21 States, but Not As a Multi-state Outbreak



From January 1 to July 14, 2018, CDC received reports of 107 people with measles in 21 states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) and the District of Colombia. This is not a current, multi-state measles outbreak, despite recent media outlet reporting.

CDC defines a confirmed measles outbreak as a chain of transmission including 3 or more cases linked in time and space.

CDC recommends that children get two doses of MMR vaccine:

  • the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and
  • the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.

Teens and adults should also be up to date on MMR vaccinations.

Visit the Measles Vaccination webpage for more information on CDC's recommendations.

Visit the measles For Healthcare Professionals webpage for clinical information.

Visit the Measles Cases and Outbreaks webpage for the total number of measles cases that have occurred in the United States and the states that have reported the cases.