New York's measles outbreaks responsible for 75% of cases this year

The U.S. has experienced 1,249 measles cases and 22 outbreaks this year, according to the CDC's most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Oct. 4.

The report offers a broad analysis of national measles data recorded between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1.

Four report findings:

1. Eighty-nine percent of measles cases occurred in patients who were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccination status.

2. Ten percent of patients required hospitalization.

3. Eighty-five percent of all measles cases were linked to eight outbreaks in close-knit communities with low vaccination rates.

4. Three-fourths of all cases were linked to two large outbreaks in New York City and New York state.

To view the full report, click here.

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