US and NYS Measles Outbreak Update

There are now 314 confirmed cases of measles in 15 states, with six states reporting measles outbreaks, according to the latest data for 2019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As of 3/29/19, Rockland County, a suburb of New York City has confirmed 157 cases and Rockland County Executive Ed Day declared a  countywide state of emergency on 2/28/19 to include anyone less than 18 years of age who is unvaccinated against the measles. They are barred from public places until this declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination.
Click here to read the Press Release and guidance.
Click here to view the latest data and educational resources on symptoms and prevention of measles from Rockland County

Guidance for Schools

In the event of a communicable disease outbreak the Local health department, supported by the NYS Department of Health, guides exclusion as determined by the NYS Commissioner of Health or their designee.

NYS Education Department memos regarding management of measles are located on the Laws and Guidelines page of this website. Districts should review this guidance in collaboration with their school medical director for questions related to the exclusion of students with vaccine-preventable illness during a NYSDOH defined outbreak.

CDC Info Regarding Other Outbreaks

Since March 27, there have been 214 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn and Queens since October. Most of these cases have involved members of an Orthodox Jewish community. The initial child with measles was not vaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak was occurring. Source: NYC Health Department Webpage

States that have reported measles cases to the CDC besides New York are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. The six outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) reported so far this year in the United States include — along with Rockland County and New York City — the four states of California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington. The CDC  advises anyone traveling internationally to be vaccinated against measles before leaving. The 314 measles cases and six outbreaks reported to the CDC through March 21, 2019, compared with 372 cases and 17 outbreaks reported in all of 2018. In 2000, the CDC declared that the disease had been eliminated in the United States.

Learn more on the CDC Measles Education web page here.