Cases of the measles have been skyrocketing since late December 2014, when the large outbreak started in Southern California’s Disneyland. However, many cases of measles have been documented throughout 2014 even before the Disneyland outbreak, the majority starting from unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio. The U.S. is currently having the worst measles outbreak that it’s had in 20 years.
Since the start of 2015 until February 6th, 2015, 121 people from 17 states and Washington DC have been reported to be infected with measles. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 644 cases from 27 states.
Now, it has spread to three more states and Washington DC last week, affecting 19 more people. According to the CDC, measles spread to Nevada (2 cases) as well as Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia (1 case each), as it continued to plague California, which has 88 cases. Arizona has the second-largest case total with 7.
The total so far is on pace to quickly surpass the 644 cases in the U.S. in 2014, the greatest number since measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, according to the Washington Post.
The measles outbreak is causing the highly debatable vaccination topic to become center stage, with people arguing whether the government should require children to get vaccinated or if parents should be allowed to decide whether or not their children get vaccinated.