"In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels", the CDC says.
Twenty-two states have reported cases - Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.
For example, in an outbreak centered in New York's Rockland County, officials reported 13 more cases that lift the outbreak total to 199.
The New York City Health Department also announced Thursday that parents of three children could be fined $1,000 for refusing to vaccinate their kids, and that it was issuing closure orders for four school sites where officials reportedly would not turn over student vaccination records.
The flight attendant works for El Al, Israel's national airline, and may have been exposed to measles in NY, in Israel, or on a flight connecting the two locations, Itamar Grotto, MD, PhD, MPH, associate director general for Israel's health ministry, told CNN.
Almost 110,000 deaths were attributed to measles n 2017 and, according to World Health Organization, complications from the disease even in high-income countries can result in hospitalization in up to a quarter of cases.
An infected UCLA student attended classes in Franz Hall on April 2, 4 and 9 and in Boelter Hall between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on April 2 and 9.
"This is often but not always followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash". You might experience a high fever, cough, runny nose and/or a rash.
The DPH posting said the initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel. Pregnant women who get measles are at risk of premature delivery and having a low-birth-weight baby.
"We've had more (cases) this year than in the recent past for sure", Schuette said.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness and is spread from person to person through the air by breathing, sneezing or coughing.
Officials are urging people to receive vaccinations against measles and, if they are concerned their vaccine is no longer effective, to have a blood test performed by their doctor.
"Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said it "deeply concerns us" that measles has again emerged as a public health threat". For every 1,000 children who get the disease, the CDC estimated one or two will die from it. This is the greatest number of imported cases since measles was eliminated from the U.S.in 2000, according to the agency. Among those who are unvaccinated, it may be because of personal beliefs and medical reasons.
WHO named vaccine hesitancy as one of the 10 biggest threats to global health in 2019 in a report last January.
Of the 626 cases, 487 are in people 19 and younger. Measles infections in the other nine countries reflect imported cases from outside of the region involving different genotypes.