The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention encourages Mainers to get vaccinated against measles, as cases of the highly contagious illness continue to appear throughout the United States.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 206 cases of measles were reported in 11 states, from Washington to Connecticut. Outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, have been reported in four of these states, and typically started with travelers who brought measles back after becoming infected while traveling overseas in areas where large measles outbreaks are occurring.

To date, no cases of measles have been reported in Maine this year. The last reported case in Maine was in 2017 in an individual who had acquired it after traveling overseas.

For more information on measles visit Maine CDC’s measles webpage; U.S. CDC’s measles webpage or Maine Immunization Program webpage.