TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the United States increased by 22 since last week and now stands at 228, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in an update.
New Hampshire -- with one patient as of March 1 -- joined 11 other states reporting measles cases this year, CNN reported. The other states are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
The update includes cases reported by state health departments to the CDC through March 7, and does not include cases reported after that date, according to CNN. As of Sunday, the number of measles cases in an outbreak linked to Washington state remained at 75, the same number as last week. The outbreak includes patients in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Georgia who became infected in Washington.
The number of measles cases in the United States so far this year is climbing closer to the 372 cases nationwide in all of 2018, which was the second highest annual number of the highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease in more than two decades, CNN reported.