Measles cases soar above 300 in nationwide outbreak fueled by anti-vaxxers, CDC says
The CDC says 314 confirmed cases of measles have been reported in 15 states since January 1. Most cases have been reported in children under age 10 who are not vaccinated
New York City has issued civil summonses to 12 people it said were not complying with a mandatory measles vaccination order as the number of recorded cases in the city's worst outbreak since 1991 rose to 390, according to data released on Wednesday.
[WHO] The global measles crisis is an urgent wake-up call to the need for countries to ensure that all children -- no matter where they live -- receive life-saving vaccines. Countries in the African Region have also experienced a resurgence of measles, including outbreaks reported in at least 9 countries (Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Liberia, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali , Nigeria and Uganda) in the last 12 months. Madagascar, in particular, has had a large measles outbreak affecting more than 122,000 cases i
as some children still fall ill
Dr Jeanne Mazzarro director of infectious disease at the University of Alabama Birmingham, told Daily Mail the campaigns against vaccines have taken on a life of their own.
Cases of the vaccine-preventable disease are virtually certain to surpass the record of 667 in 2014.
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable infection that was officially declared eradicated in the US in 2000. Yet, outbreaks continue to occur in the US. Measles cases have considerable morbidity requiring hospitalization. We sought to describe the incidence, associations, comorbidities, and outcomes of hospitalizations for measles in the US. The 2002-2012 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, containing a 20% sample of US hospitalizations, was analyzed. Measles was diagnosed using ICD9 codes (n=582).
Health officials fear Americans traveling for this weekend's religious holidays could worsen the growing measles outbreak. There are at least 555 confirmed cases in 20 states, according to the CDC, and most are said to affect school-age kids. Mola Lenghi reports.
The bill, a response to the worst measles outbreak in two decades, would make it harder for parents to opt their children out of shots.
A flight attendant has reportedly fallen into a “deep coma” after contracting measles, according to health authorities. The 43-year-old female El Al Airlines flight attendant was admitted to a hospital after coming down with a fever on March 31, CBS News reports. Her condition has worsened since then, and she now has encephalitis, or brain inflammation, and is breathing with the assistance of a respirator at Israel’s Meir Medical Center, according to CNN. Israeli health officials said the woman may have been infected with measles in New York, Israel or a flight between the two locations, both of which are...
Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children ’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”.