The measles outbreak that has spread across the country has reached 1,200 confirmed cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In an update Monday, the CDC confirmed that there were 1,203 individual cases in 30 states by August 15, an increase of 21 cases from the previous week.
Alaska and Ohio recorded new cases for the first time at the beginning of last month, bringing to 30 the total number of states affected by the cases, reported the US. Reuters agency.
The epidemic is about to be the worst since 1992 and since measles was declared "eliminated" in the United States in 2000.
As of August 15, 124 people diagnosed with measles had been hospitalized. Sixty-four people reported "complications," including pneumonia and encephalitis, according to the CDC.
Cases remain grouped in epidemics in New York and New York. In Rockland County, NY, 296 cases of measles were confirmed from early January to August 15 of this year. Nearly 80% of county residents have received no measles vaccine.
Since Monday, 654 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York since September 2018.
However, Monday's update is not the worst leap that the United States has experienced in weekly affairs. During the first week of June, 41 new cases were diagnosed. On April 22, the CDC announced an increase of 71 new cases over the previous week.
Active epidemics, defined as three or more cases of measles diagnosed, are currently underway in Rockland County; New York City; Washington State; Los Angeles County; El Paso, Texas; and Wyoming County, New York.
The UK also lost its "no measles" designation from the World Health Organization earlier this month. There were 489 confirmed cases of the disease in the country by August 7, compared to 285 cases in 2017, reported Newsweek.