More than 100 people in 21 states have become sick with measles since the beginning of 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michigan was included in the 21 states where measles has been confirmed in 2018, where four cases have been confirmed.
The most recent cases, identified at the end of July, were residents of Oakland and Washtenaw counties.
Neither of these cases are related to the two previous Michigan cases in 2018, however, all four cases were the result of exposure outside of the country, emphasizing the higher risk of measles during international travel and the importance of being protected by vaccination.
The 21 states included in the CDC case count are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The District of Columbia is also included in the CDC count.
According to the CDC, 107 people were reported to have measles between January 2018 and July 14, 2018. By comparison, in all of 2017, 118 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have had the virus.
A CDC spokeswoman told Patch via email that the agency updates the case count every month. Case counts are not listed for each state to protect patient confidentiality.
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