The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging healthcare providers to be alert for patients exhibiting symptoms of measles–fever and rashes. This warning come amidst reports of 23 measles cases since December 1, 2023, with 7 of the cases being linked to international travelers.

“The increased number of measles importations seen in recent weeks is reflective of a rise in global measles cases and a growing global threat from the disease,” the CDC said in an email.

Several locales have experienced clusters of measles, including Philadelphia and Washington state. Virginia officials warned of measles exposures at two international airports. This amid confirmed cases in both New Jersey and Georgia.

According to the CDC, measles is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to death. Most of the cases involve young children and adolescents who had not received a measles-containing vaccine. The CDC also states getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others against measles.


Get more guidance on measles here.