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April 1990

Measles.—United States, First 26 Weeks, 1989

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(4):459-460. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150280081015

During the first 26 weeks of 1989, local and state health departments reported a provisional total of 7335 measles cases to CDC—a 380% increase over the 1529 cases reported for the same period in 1988; at least 10 measles-associated deaths were also reported. In addition, another 30 suspected measles-associated fatalities are being investigated by local and state health departments and CDC. Forty states and the District of Columbia reported cases, compared with 36 states for the first 26 weeks of 1988. During the 1989 period, the incidence rate was 3.0 cases per 100000 population—five times the rate of 0.6 per 100 000 for the same period in 1988 and more than double the rate for all of 1988 (1.4 per 100 000).1

Thirteen states reported at least 100 cases and accounted for 6588 (89.8%) of all reported cases: Texas (2764), California (1189), Ohio (661), Illinois (489), New Jersey (271),