We have created this page due to the recent increase in measles cases across the country, even right here in Maryland. Measles is an extremely contagious virus that can cause serious respiratory symptoms, fever, and rash. In some cases, especially in babies and young children, the consequences can be severe. Below are resources that can be helpful to physicians and patients alike.
- April 19, 2019
From January 1 to April 19, 2019, 626 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states - https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. The majority of measles cases are in New York City and New York state, which are primarily among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities and associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/nyregion/newyorktoday/nyc-news-measles-outbreak-brooklyn.html).
The CDC continues to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated on schedule with the MMR vaccine. People 6 months and older should be protected with the vaccine before leaving on international trips. For additional information and resources on measles please visit the CDC’s measles website.