Worst measles outbreak in decades sweeps New York as cases surge in Oregon, Washington and abroad
At least 160 cases of measles have been reported in New York with most spreading among unvaccinated religious communities. Measles outbreaks have cropped up in over 20 US states.
Conclusion: Though measles immunization coverage is 97% in Turkey, population immunity is somewhat lower than expected. Increases of measles cases in Europe and the refugee problem in the country could easily lead to outbreaks. Implementing the first dose of the immunization at 9 months may be an option. PMID: 30761852 [PubMed - in process]
Yet another outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease — this time measles in the Pacific Northwest — provides another reminder of the importance of getting children fully vaccinated, on schedule. Anti-vax or vaccine-skeptical parents are certainly not acting out of malevolence. They’re doing what they believe will protect their children’s health. But the fact is they’re achieving the opposite — potentially endangering their health. Those are the facts. Watch the video with TIME’s Editor-at-Large Jeffrey Kluger above to learn why.
Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health.
ConclusionThere will be a long legal battle over the President ’s declaration of a national emergency along the border to build some of his border fence. Regardless of the outcome, there is no good reason to declare the border a national emergency.
In New York state and Washington state, U.S. travelers picked up measles in foreign countries where the highly contagious disease was running rampant and brought it back to places where vaccination rates were too low by U.S. public health standards.
A measles outbreak that has stricken at least 225 people in New York state since October began with a traveler who visited Israel during the Jewish high holidays and returned to a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Rockland County.
In the midst of one of the largest worldwide measles outbreaks since the initiation of the measles vaccine, those with large social media platforms are spreading inaccurate medical information regarding the safety and efficacy of immunization.
A projected near-doubling of measles infections has been identified amid rising severe and protracted outbreaks all over the planet, in poor and rich countries alike, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
The World Health Organization reports that a number of countries are experiencing "sizeable" numbers of the infection due to a failure to vaccinate.