First New Mexico case of measles confirmed in Sierra County

May 18, 2019 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State health authorities say a 1-year-old child is the first person to have measles in New Mexico in over four years.

The Department of Health says is from Sierra county and is the first confirmed case of measles since December 2014.

There have been measles outbreaks in 23 states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s confirmed over 830 measles cases from Jan to May 10, the greatest number reported since 1994.

Measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

The infection is highly contagious and can be especially dangerous for young children.