Maine CDC Health Advisory

March 8, 2019

Measles Recommendations and Current Situation in Maine

The purpose of this advisory is to provide health care providers with the most current information on measles prevention and assessment of suspect cases, should they arise. Several outbreaks of measles have been reported in the U.S. since January 2019. These outbreaks started with travelers who brought measles back after travelling overseas where large measles outbreaks are occurring. The majority of people who have come down with measles were unvaccinated.

To date, there are zero (0) cases of measles in Maine. The last reported case in Maine was in 2017 in an individual who had acquired it while overseas.

The best protection against measles is vaccination. Most people who get measles are unvaccinated. Prompt reporting of suspect cases from health care providers is essential to identify cases early and prevent the spread of disease in Maine.

Advisory (PDF)