Could Your Home County Be A Measles Hotspot?
As well as identifying the 25 U.S. counties at greatest risk for measles outbreaks, the researchers pinpointed the countries that contribute most to measles risk in the United States: India, China, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine, Philippines and Thailand.
The measles outbreaks may be a wake-up call to reinvigorate vaccination campaigns.
Conclusions: Clinicians should be aware of measles complications and treatment. Public and private health efforts should continue to focus on immunization, given significant implications of measles infections for patients and healthcare systems. Future studies may assess complications of measles across the United States as individual outbreaks often occur in specific populations, making generalization of results challenging.
(AUGUSTA, Maine) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine. Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the nation, and health officials say the opt-out rates appear to be rising. “As we hear more reports of measles and other preventable diseases in Maine and across the country, it has become clear that we must act to ensure the health of our communities,” said Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono, the bill’s sponsor. Maine will end non-medical vaccine opt-outs by 2021 f...
New Jersey officials confirmed on Friday that a traveler at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 8 had measles, potentially exposing thousands, as outbreaks surge in New York City/
(Florida Atlantic University) A commentary by researchers addresses the specter of clinical, ethical, public health and legal concerns that have been raised because of the recent measles outbreaks in New York. So far, the outbreaks seem to have emanated from ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents whose affected children were never vaccinated. Their commentary is motivated in part by the availability of important and relevant data from a small case series of interviews conducted with ultra-Orthodox Jewish mothers in Williamsburg and Rockland counties.
The CDC operates a Do Not Board list to prevent people believed to be a public health risk from getting on planes.
As a medical student, the place I dreaded most was the ward at the children’s hospital where they kept the chronic ventilator patients. Unlike the other floors, where there was shouting and laughter and tears, and all the commotion and turbulence of youth, here it was dark and lifeless and eerie, with no sound except the hum of the ventilators, and the rattle of air being forced through plastic tubes. It was a place of failure and defeat, the desolate aftermath of some vast and tragic battle. An unexpected aftermath of measles My patient was a teenager who had been in a coma for years. His limbs had stubbornly twiste...
As the United States battles its worst measles outbreak in 25 years, summer camps are tightening their policies on vaccines, with some prepared to turn away children whose parents opted not to vaccinate them against the disease.
With outbreaks reported around the country, measles are on the minds of many people, including some in New York who want stiffer vaccination laws. Legislative measures in the state, though, such as a bill earlier this month that would have mandated vaccinations for children to attend school and eliminated religious exemptions, failed to make it out of committee and to a vote in the state Assembly. Some states in recent years, to mixed revie ws from constituents, made it easier for parents to receive…
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, but recent outbreaks, driven by misinformation about the MMR vaccine, have occurred due to undervaccination in vulnerable communities.Morbidity &Mortality Weekly Report