Breaking News – 2019 just started, but we already have reports of measles cases and exposures in at least 44 people in 4 states, including Colorado (1), Georgia (2), Hawaii (2), New York (26), Oregon (1), and Washington (16).
There are also many reports of measles outbreaks in Europe.
2019 Measles Outbreaks
Since there were so many ongoing measles outbreaks in 2018, it shouldn’t be surprising that we are getting off to a quick start in 2019.
Recent cases and exposures include:
- someone in Oregon who exposed other people in Portland (Jan 2), The Dalles (Dec 29 and 31, 2018), and Hood River (Dec 30, 2018)
- 9 new cases in Rockland County, New York (105 total)
- 3 new cases in the Borough Park and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn (55 total)
- 3 new cases in Rockland County, New York (108 total)
- a new outbreak in Clark County, Washington involving two unvaccinated children who exposed others on Jan 6 and 7 and an additional 11 suspected cases
- 6 new cases in Rockland County, New York (114 total)
- as expected, 12 more cases in Clark County, Washinton (14 total) – all children, all unvaccinated (one unverified), with multiple exposures in Vancouver, including 5 different schools, 2 churches, and 6 health care facilities
- 3 new cases in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn (58 total)
- an adult in Denver, Colorado who became sick while traveling internationally and exposed others in Denver from Jan 10-14
- 2 more cases in Clark County, Washinton (16 total), with 5 more suspected cases remaining and exposures in Battle Ground (Jan 8 and 14) and Vancouver (Jan 14 and 15)
- 2 kids from the Washington outbreak had traveled to Hawaii while contagious (January 4 to 13)
- 2 residents of the metro Atlanta area, with exposures between Jan 7 to 14, although there is some speculation that these cases were also travelers from the Washington outbreak
- 2 new cases in Rockland County, New York (116 total)
What kind of measles year will 2019 turn out to be? Unfortunately, we already have the potential for another record year…
These outbreaks are a great reminder to review the special vaccine travel requirements, including that adults who “plan to travel internationally should receive 2 doses of MMR at least 28 days apart,” that infants traveling abroad can get their first dose of MMR as early as age 6 to 11 months, with a repeat dose at age 12 months, and that “children aged who are greater than or equal to 12 months need 2 doses of MMR vaccine before traveling overseas,” even if they aren’t four to six years old yet.
For More Information On Measles Outbreaks:
- VAXOPEDIA – How Contagious Is Measles?
- VAXOPEDIA – Why Do We Only Worry About Measles?
- VAXOPEDIA – What to Do If Your Child Is Exposed to Measles
- VAXOPEDIA – The Myth That Measles Isn’t Deadly
- VAXOPEDIA – Can MMR Shedding Start a Measles Outbreak?
- VAXOPEDIA – Who Dies with Measles?
- VAXOPEDIA – Does Having Measles Protect You from Cancer?
- VAXOPEDIA – A History of Measles Outbreaks in United States
- VAXOPEDIA – Measles Deaths in Italy
- VAXOPEDIA – Measles Deaths in the 21st Century
- VAXOPEDIA – About Those Measles Outbreaks in China
- VAXOPEDIA – When Was the Last Measles Death in the United States?
- VAXOPEDIA – Costs of a Measles Outbreak
- CDC – Measles Cases and Outbreaks
- Measles – Timeline | History of Vaccines
- Ask the Experts about MMR
Updated on January 17, 2019