Two measles cases were confirmed in the United States this week - one in Michigan and one in Nebraska.
The case in Michigan marks the first in the state this year, and is reportedly “related to exposure during international travel,” according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The patient, a resident of Southeast Michigan, is hospitalized and recovering, according to health officials.
Michigan confirmed only one measles case in the state last year.
A measles case was also confirmed in eastern Nebraska in a patient who travelled between Minneapolis and Omaha earlier this month. The patient had reportedly received one dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine - short of the recommended two.
“Those most at risk of being infected with the measles are people who have had no doses or only one dose of MMR vaccine or who have not had the measles,” Said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
As of February 25 of this year, 21 measles cases have been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.