ALBANY, N.Y. – With the number of measles outbreaks for the first four months of 2014 at the highest level since 1996, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Department of Health alerted New Yorkers about the importance of being vaccinated to protect against the disease.
“Measles is a serious, highly contagious disease that is not just contained to young children,” Cuomo said. “While many New Yorkers have likely already received measles vaccinations, with the number of outbreaks at a higher level in years, the state is taking the opportunity to urge New Yorkers to check with their healthcare provider to make sure they and all of their family members’ immunizations are up-to-date.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that measles has infected 129 people in 13 states in 2014. Twenty-nine of those infected have been in New York. In 2013, an outbreak of 58 cases in New York City was the largest reported localized outbreak of the measles since 1996.
Travelers should also be up-to-date on their vaccinations. There have been 34 cases of measles reported in the U.S. from travelers to foreign countries since January 2014.