The California health officials on Monday confirmed a total of 107 measles cases in the state, with over a third of them associated with the outbreak triggered in its Disneyland in December last year.
39 out of the 107 confirmed cases in the state have been associated with the Disneyland outbreak, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Apart from California, 19 other states and Mexico, including three new cases reported in Illinois and Cook County, have witnessed over three dozen additional cases of the highly contagious disease.
Of the eight confirmed cases of measles so far in Cook County, seven are linked with a daycare center in Palatine.
Meanwhile, the health officials at Georgia reported confirmed infection of measles in an infant who is believed to have brought the communicable disease from outside the United States to Atlanta. With this diagnosis, the state reports its first case of measles since 2012.
The Georgian infant’s case is not associated with California’s Disney park outbreak.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, their health officials are jointly working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to look into the possible cases of infection among the target groups, mostly those who have not taken vaccines.
The recent measles outbreak has once again brought the so-called anti-vaccination movement in the limelight where people opt out of vaccination fearing the potential side effects of vaccines. The movement was also fueled by a research study, which is now-debunked, suggesting a close association between autism and vaccines.
This made a small section of people refusing vaccination for their children. These refusals were also based on religious or other beliefs of the parents.