JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An infant in New Jersey is the state’s first recent case of measles, part of an outbreak affecting 15 states so far.
Health Officials confirm a 1-year-old child, who has recovered, had the highly contagious virus, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported Friday night.
They say the child had not yet been vaccinated. The first measles vaccine is usually given to children between 12 and 15 months old.
The Centers for Disease Control says it has confirmed more than 100 measles cases in 14 states in this latest outbreak, most linked to an outbreak at Disneyland in California.
New York has three confirmed cases of measles. Most recently, a Bard College student infected with the illness traveled through Penn Station on an Amtrak train.
A daycare center 30 miles outside of Chicago is another one of the newest hotspots. Doctors have diagnosed at least five children, all under the age of one, with measles.
The nationwide outbreak has reignited the debate over childhood vaccinations with many lawmakers speaking out, like Gov. Chris Christie earlier this week.
“All I can say is that we vaccinated ours. That’s the best expression I can give you of my opinion,” he said. “But I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things.”
Christie’s office later clarified his comments, saying “There is no question kids should be vaccinated.”