'Spike is concerning': U.S. measles boom heats up with 75 more cases this week

CDC reported Monday that the number of measles cases recorded in the United States increased by 75 last week, for a total of 839 in 23 states. In each of the previous 2 weeks, about 60 additional cases were reported.

CDC reported Monday that the number of measles cases recorded in the United States increased by 75 last week, for a total of 839 in 23 states. In each of the previous 2 weeks, about 60 additional cases were reported. "This spike is concerning, especially because the downward trend in recent weeks demonstrated that it was possible to keep the infection rates from going up," said Ogbonnaya Omenka, an associate professor and public health specialist at Butler University. According to health officials, most of the new cases were reported in New York City and its suburbs, where hundreds of cases have been reported this year. CDC noted that primary symptoms of the highly infectious disease included fever, runny nose, cough, and a rash that can spread across the entire body. To prevent the disease, the agency is urging vaccination. Worldwide, measles vaccination led to an 80% decline in measles deaths from 2000 to 2017, according to the World Health Organization.