The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that 102 people from 14 states reported they had measles in January, with the majority of cases connected to an outbreak at Disneyland.
The latest statistics came on the heels of a health advisory issued on Jan. 23 by the CDC informing health care professionals and the public about the symptoms of measles, diagnosis and treatment options following increasing reports of measles in people who visited the California amusement park between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20.
The CDC that most of the people who had measles from the California outbreak had refused their measles vaccinations.
The U.S. had a record-number of measles cases in 2014, with the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) reporting 644 cases of measles in 27 different states. This is the highest number of measles cases in the country since 2000.
Even though the U.S. declared measles to be eliminated within its borders in 2000, the illness is still readily found around the world, especially in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Pacific.
The CDC said the majority of measles cases in 2014 were linked to cases from the Philippines.