The United States is experiencing its greatest measles outbreak in years. 

As of late February, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 41 cases across 16 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

That’s three times more cases in the first two months of 2024 than in 2020 altogether — 13 for the entire year. Last year, 58 cases were reported.

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that causes a rash all over the body, high fever, runny nose, and cough. Caused by the rubeola virus living in infected people’s throats and nose phlegm, it spreads through breathing, coughing, and sneezing. It’s more infectious than COVID-19. 

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