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Spring Travel Creates Additional Measles Risk

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Current Measles Stats

The United States is currently dealing with multiple measles outbreaks, including an outbreak in Ocean County as well as Brooklyn and New York’s Rockland County.

As of April 11, 555 cases have been reported in 20 states – the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000.

Preparing for Spring Travel Season

The Passover holiday begins the evening of Friday, April 19 and ends the evening of Saturday, April 27. This year, Passover coincides with Easter which is on Sunday, April 21. In addition, many other social events may be scheduled over the next several months (e.g., graduations, weddings). All of these celebrations provide opportunities for measles to spread as people travel and congregate away from home.

Measles cases are surging globally with large outbreaks reported in the Philippines, Israel, Ukraine and other countries. Patients and their families who are traveling internationally should be up to date on their MMR immunization.

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