10 counties most at risk of measles outbreaks

Mackenzie Bean - Print  | 

Cook County, Ill., has the highest risk of experiencing a measles outbreak, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

For the study, researchers created a quantitative model to determine measles outbreak risk for U.S. counties based on four factors: population, nonmedical vaccine exemption rates, international air travel volume and measles incidence in the countries these travelers are visiting. 

They identified 50 counties nationwide at high risk of experiencing a measles outbreak. Here are the top 10:

  1. Cook County, Ill.
  2. Los Angeles County
  3. Miami-Dade County, Fla.
  4. Queens County, N.Y.
  5. King County, Wash.
  6. Maricopa County, Ariz.
  7. Broward County, Fla.
  8. Clark County, Nev.
  9. Harris County, Texas
  10. Honolulu County, Hawaii

To view a measles risk dashboard for all 50 counties, click here.

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