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Measles Outbreaks

doctor examining patientEach year about 60 people in the United States are reported to have measles. But in 2013, 189 people have been reported to have the disease. This represents the second largest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. About 28% of these people got measles in other countries. They brought the disease to the United States and spread it to others. This caused 11 measles outbreaks in various U.S. communities, including the largest U.S. measles outbreak since 1996 (58 cases). See Measles—United States, January 1-August 24, 2013 for more information.

Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. So, the disease no longer spreads year round in this country. But it is still common throughout the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally. They can bring measles to the United States and infect others. Unvaccinated people put themselves and others at risk for measles and its serious complications.

Children, teenagers, and adults should be up to date on their measles vaccination, including before they leave for international travel. For more information, visit For Travelers.

See also: The Surveillance Manual chapter on measles that describes case investigation, outbreak investigation, and outbreak control for additional information.

 

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