The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number of reported measles cases in the United States in 2019 has reached 159.
As of February 21, 2019, the CDC has identified six measles outbreaks with reported cases in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
The CDC said measles was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, but it can still be spread through international travel, which the CDC said contributed to the current outbreaks. The agency advised getting a measles vaccine before traveling internationally.
The CDC also stated that “U.S. communities with pockets of unvaccinated people” contribute to the spread of the disease.