US measles tally already among worst in 15 years

by Mike Stobbe

(AP)—Health officials say 2013 already is one of the worst years for measles in more than 15 years.

Before a vaccine became available about 50 years ago, nearly all children got by their 15th birthday. In those days, nearly 500 Americans died from measles each year.

Now, the nation has about 60 cases each year. But so far this year, officials have seen 159 cases. The highest count since the mid-1990s was 222 in 2011.

Most young children are vaccinated against measles. But outbreaks still occur, usually when travelers pick up the measles abroad and then spread it among unvaccinated people here.

Nearly all of this year's cases have been traced to travelers.

More information: CDC report: www.cdc.gov/mmwr

Related Stories

Texas megachurch linked to 21 measles cases

date Aug 27, 2013

At least 21 cases of the measles have been linked to a North Texas megachurch where an official says they have been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics.

US on track for most measles cases in a decade

date May 05, 2011

(AP) -- The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe where there's a big outbreak.

Recommended for you

Why can't we stop cholera in Haiti?

date 2 hours ago

In early February, when Jenniflore Abelard arrived at her parents' house high in the hills of Port-au-Prince, her father Johnson (names have been changed) was home. He was lying in the yard, under a tree, vomiting. When Jenniflore ...

Imaging could improve treatment of people with COPD

date 10 hours ago

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) provide important information on the symptoms and exercise capabilities of people with mild-to-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.