CDC: US Measles Cases Hit 19 Year high

Published 04/25 2014 11:52AM

Updated 04/25 2014 01:41PM

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data Thursday that reveal a dramatic rise in measles outbreaks in the U.S.

More people have been infected in the U.S. over the first four months of 2014, than have been infected in the first four months of the past 18 years.

Health officials say 13 outbreaks and 129 cases have been recorded so far this year.

California is reporting the highest numbers, with 58 cases.

The CDC says many of the California cases are a result of people visiting the Philippines, which is experiencing a very large measles outbreak.

According to N.H. Chief of Infection Surveillance Beth Daley, New Hampshire has not seen any cases. The state has only seen 8 cases dating back to 1997. The last case was in 2011 in Grafton County. 

The Vermont Department of Health says they haven't seen any cases, but they are monitoring the national situation. 

FOX 44 and ABC 22 has reached out to the New York State Health Department, but haven't heard back from them yet.

The CDC says the last time there was a reported death from measles in the U.S. was in 2005.

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