CNBC – Measles cases have cropped up across 12 states over the last ten weeks — nearly two decades since the highly contagious disease was said to be eradicated in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some 228 measles cases were reported to the CDC in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and March 7, more than half of the 372 cases that were reported during all of 2018.
Outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, have been reported in six areas: Washington, New York City, New York’s Rockland County, Texas, Illinois and California.
There’s been a resurgence in the disease in the U.S. and other developed countries amid increasing resistance from parents to vaccinate their children.
Measles is highly contagious, infecting up to 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to an infected person, the CDC said.
Measles may be best known for the rash it produces.
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