Measles continues to spread in the U.S. at a much faster rate than imagined, with 154 cases already recorded for this year alone, federal health officials said on Monday per ABC News. Of the 154 health incident cases, 133 of them were linked to the Disneyland outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its weekly update. 17 U.S. states already have confirmed cases of the virus, which can make about a quarter of patients land into the hospital and has the capability of killing between one in 1,000 and one in 2,000 patients.
“This year since January we’ve had a record number of cases for this time this year,” the CDC‘s Dr. Anne Schuchat briefed reporters.
Schuchat said the virus was brought into the United States by a traveler, however, it was able to spread speedily around those who had unvaccinated people around them as people actually need to receive two doses of vaccine to be best protected.