CDC: US measles cases already surpass 2016, 2017 totals

As of Feb. 14, the CDC has confirmed 127 measles cases this year, which surpasses the annual total for both 2016 and 2017.

Four things to know:

1. In 2017, the U.S. saw 120 measles cases. In 2016, the agency reported just 86 for the whole year.

2. The following states have reported measles cases in 2019: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

3. Five measles outbreaks have also occurred this year in New York, Washington and Texas. The outbreaks are linked to international travelers who brought the virus back from countries like Israel where major outbreaks are occurring.

4. Nearly half of all cases reported in 2019 occurred in Clark County, Wash., according to CIDRAP News. The county has seen 61 cases since Jan. 1. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak Jan. 25.

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