HealthDay News — There have been 141 reported cases of the measles in 17 states and the District of Columbia, reported CDC officials.
The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December, according to agency officials, and it’s believed that the source of the infection was likely a foreign visitor or a U.S. resident returning from abroad.
Although measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, measles is still common in other areas of the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.
The CDC offered the following state-by-state breakdown for cases recorded through February 13:
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The biggest rise in infections occurred in Illinois, where cases jumped from three to 11 in one week. Most of the cases — 113 cases, or 80% — have been linked to the outbreak that started at the Disney parks in California. The majority of people who’ve gotten measles in the current outbreak were unvaccinated, according to the CDC.