Home Page FeaturedNewsUncategorized
Measles on a torso

Nearly 100 measles cases reported in the first quarter, CDC says

By: David Gilmartin

There were 97 reported cases of measles in the first quarter of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, representing nearly a third of all cases since the beginning of 2020.

“Risk for widespread U.S. measles transmission remains low because of high population immunity,” the CDC wrote in a report released last week. “However, because of the increase in cases during the first quarter of 2024, additional activities are needed to increase U.S. routine measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination coverage, especially among close-knit and undervaccinated communities.”

Measles infographic from CDCThe CDC began analyzing reported measles cases after two outbreaks in 2019 in unvaccinated communities in New York. Its report noted 338 confirmed cases from Jan. 2020 to March 28, 2024. The jump in cases in the first quarter of this year represented a seventeenfold increase of the mean during the first quarter of the previous three years. CDC has reported an additional 24 cases since the end of March, bringing the year’s total to 121 as of April 11.

The CDC notes that 93 cases from the first quarter were directly imported from other countries, either from foreign visitors (34) or U.S. residents (59), almost all of whom were either unvaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown. The increase in measles cases globally and the decline in vaccination rates in this country make for a risky mix.

“Increasing global measles incidence and decreasing vaccination coverage will increase the risk for importations into U.S. communities, as has been observed during the first quarter of 2024,” according to the report, “further supporting CDC’s recommendation for persons to receive MMR vaccine before international travel.”

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. This has not been peer reviewed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

cheryl meeGet your free access to the exclusive newsletter of American Nurse Journal and gain insights for your nursing practice.

NurseLine Newsletter

  • Hidden

*By submitting your e-mail, you are opting in to receiving information from Healthcom Media and Affiliates. The details, including your email address/mobile number, may be used to keep you informed about future products and services.

Test Your Knowledge

Which of the following is correct about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)?

More Perspectives