At least 704 cases of measles have been reported so far this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the infectious virus is highly contagious, can cause blindness, hearing loss and in some cases can be fatal.
The virus eradicated from the United States 19 years ago, returned by the entry of people without vaccine who travel to countries where the disease is common and spreads to those who are not vaccinated.
On Monday, the CDC recorded 78 new cases of measles, adding that so far 704 people infected, a number that was not counted since 1994, insist on the importance of getting vaccinated to protect and limit the spread of the virus, according to data from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, one or two out of every 1,000 children with measles die.
"The suffering we are seeing is totally preventable, we know that vaccines are safe because they are the most studied medical products out there," said Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The largest outbreak of measles was recorded in New York, specifically in the Orthodox Jewish community, where 350 cases were reported. In Los Angeles hundreds of students were quarantined after being exposed to the virus.
In the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee and Washington have also identified outbreaks of measles.
Being an adult is not an excuse to stop catching up with your shots.