Measles cases top last year's total; almost 50 cases in one county

CDC reports that 142 cases of measles had been recorded in the United States as of October 6, the most recent nationwide data available. In 2017, a total of 120 cases were reported nationwide. As of November 2, Rockland County, NY, had 46 confirmed cases, with another nine suspected, said the county's health commissioner, Patricia Ruppert, MD.

CDC reports that 142 cases of measles had been recorded in the United States as of October 6, the most recent nationwide data available. In 2017, a total of 120 cases were reported nationwide. As of November 2, Rockland County, NY, had 46 confirmed cases, with another nine suspected, said the county's health commissioner, Patricia Ruppert, MD. None of the individuals with confirmed measles in Rockland County were fully vaccinated, according to Ruppert. New York state has barred unvaccinated students from going to school in three communities if their school has a vaccination rate of 70% or lower. The outbreak in Rockland County—as well as cases in New York City and Bergen County and Lakewood, NJ—has been linked to cases in Israel, where almost 1,300 cases have been reported so far this year. Nationwide, there have been 11 measles outbreaks in 25 states reported in the United States this year.