New York (CNN) – The measles outbreak in the United States continues to grow to 1,044 as of Friday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those cases have been confirmed in 28 states.
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri , New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.
The number of cases reported this year is the largest number reported in the United States since 1992
Earlier this month, the number of measles cases surpassed 1
At the time, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that "the Department of Health and Human Services has been deeply engaged in promoting the safety and efficacy of vaccines. The 1,000th case of a preventable disease is a troubling reminder of how important that work is to the public health of the nation. "
Ongoing measles outbreaks in various states are linked to travelers who brought the measles virus back from traveling to other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are, according to the CDC.
In a given year, the number of cases may increase
Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases in existence, which may be found in the United States. In the middle of the air, you can become infected, acc ording to the CDC.
To protect yourself, doctors recommend immediate vaccination. Other steps: wash hands often or use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, disinfect surfaces and toys with standard household products, and refrain from coming into close contact or sharing silverware with anyone who's sick.
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