The United States, Canada and Mexico all reported cases of shinglings last year, the second-highest annual number in a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
A few days earlier, the agency reported a fourth-straight year of a record-breaking outbreak in the U.S. of salmonella in baby formula, the most severe case since 2009.
The United Kingdom reported a record of 5,846 cases in April, with 1,087 deaths.
“This year, we have had a spike in shinglies, with nearly 5,500 confirmed cases,” said Dr. John F. McGlothlin, director of the CDC’s Division of Surveillance and Laboratory Services.
The agency reported that most of the cases in the Americas occurred in states in the Northeast, Midwest and West, including Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
In the United Kingdom, there were 1,054 confirmed cases in March, including 9 deaths.
In France, where the outbreak started, there are 2,816 confirmed cases, with 6 deaths.