The number of new U.S. measles cases continued to grow last week but at a slower pace, with the total now at 880 in 24 states so far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.
That is 41 more cases than a week ago, and included one additional state, Oklahoma, where a person contracted the measles after traveling domestically and internationally.
By contrast, the number of confirmed cases had increased by 75 the previous week. This year is the worst for measles in the U.S. in 25 years, and the additional cases of the highly contagious disease brings the count closer to the 963 cases reported in 1994.
There are currently several ongoing outbreaks. The majority of cases are concentrated in two outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County, N.Y. Rockland County had 233 confirmed cases between October and May 20, according to the New York State Department of Health.
The agency said there are a total of 287 confirmed cases in New York state outside New York City.
New York City has reported 523 confirmed cases as of May 20, with the majority of the cases in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.
BY BRIANNA ABBOTT