FM Alert: Measles on the Rise

March 13, 2019

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed at least 228 cases of measles nationwide since January 1, 2019, with 22 cases reported in the past week.

For comparison, 372 cases of measles were reported in all of 2018, which was the second highest total for annual cases in the past 20 years. An outbreak in New York that began in 2018 has been linked to 250 cases so far, with 11 new cases reported in the last week. An ongoing outbreak in Washington state has been linked to 75 cases since the start of the year, CNN reports.

Custodial teams in these areas should take extra cleaning and disinfection precautions, particularly when dealing with high-traffic facilities or high-touch areas.

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