Samoa Ends State of Emergency Over Measles

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 -- Slowing infection rates and a surge in vaccinations have prompted the South Pacific island of Samoa to end a six-week state of emergency over a measles outbreak, the BBC reported Sunday. More than 5,600 people were infected...
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Measles is characterized by fever and skin rash in children, adolescents and adults. It may also result in long-lasting immune suppression11, 26, 34. Measles is caused by Measles Virus (MeV) and the disease can be controlled using effective vaccines and global vaccination programs. However, its re-emergence is a major concern due to thousands of fatalities and therefore the World Health Organization (WHO) has setup a target for elimination of measles by 2023 in South-East Asia region45, 59. Resurgence of measles has been observed globally since 2016 in Europe and Americas5 including a recent outbreak in Philippines6.
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Widespread vaccination has significantly reduced measles-related morbidity and mortality worldwide, yet measles remains a disease of global public health concern due to its highly transmissible nature, propensity to rapidly develop into outbreaks among children in resource-scarce settings, and rising levels of vaccine hesitancy.1,2 Although primarily spread between humans via direct contact (e.g., droplets from coughing or sneezing), the measles virus (MeV) can become aerosolized and persist in an airspace or on surfaces for several hours.
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Conclusions: Our findings will assist health care professionals and policy makers in preparing targeted information campaigns to address questions and counteract vaccine hesitancy.
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The rise of vaccine-preventable illnesses, such as measles and hepatitis, in the United States and around the globe has been alarming in recent years. For women — especially those hoping to become pregnant, as well as women who are pregnant or have recently had a baby — vaccines can be a worrisome topic. There are many misconceptions about vaccine safety in and around pregnancy that can lead to confusion and unnecessary fear of a lifesaving medical tool. As a practicing ob/gyn, I often discuss vaccines with my patients and help them sort out fears versus facts. Which vaccines should you consider before concepti...
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From 1 January through 19 December 2019, a total of 124 laboratory confirmed cases of measles, including two deaths, were reported in the Gaza Strip (case fatality ratio=1.6%). Of the confirmed cases, forty-nine cases (40%) were hospitalized, 12 were among health care workers, and seventy-five (60%) were males. Gaza Strip has an estimated population of 1.99 million (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics-2019). In addition, of the confirmed cases, 57 cases (46%) were un-vaccinated, of which 28 (23%) were among infants between 6 months to one year old, and 29 (23%) among age groups higher than 30 years old. Between 2009 a...
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From 1 January through 19 December 2019, a total of 124 laboratory confirmed cases of measles, including two deaths, were reported in the Gaza Strip (case fatality ratio=1.6%). Of the confirmed cases, forty-nine cases (40%) were hospitalized, 12 were among health care workers, and seventy-five (60%) were males. Gaza Strip has an estimated population of 1.99 million (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics-2019). In addition, of the confirmed cases, 57 cases (46%) were un-vaccinated, of which 28 (23%) were among infants between 6 months to one year old, and 29 (23%) among age groups higher than 30 years old. Between 2009 a...
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Publication date: Available online 9 January 2020Source: EpidemicsAuthor(s): Taylor Chin, Caroline O. Buckee, Ayesha S. MahmudAbstractIn the wake of the Rohingya population's mass migration from Myanmar, one of the world's largest refugee settlements was constructed in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh to accommodate nearly 900,000 new refugees. Refugee populations are particularly vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks due to many population and environmental factors. A large measles outbreak, with over 1,700 cases, occurred among the Rohingya population between September and November 2017. Here, we estimate key epidemiological...
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Purpose of review In September 2019, the United States was at risk of losing measles elimination status due to several large-scale outbreaks resulting in more than 1200 confirmed cases across 31 states. This resurgence caps approximately 10 years of increasing incidence, marked by a highly publicized outbreak in 2015 associated with Disneyland when an infected traveler from the Philippines unknowingly spread the virus to susceptible park visitors and the recently ended large outbreak in undervaccinated Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City and Rockland counties. This review highlights current literature elucidatin...
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About 750 Seattle students won’t be allowed to attend school on Wednesday because they haven’t updated their vaccination records. The policy is a result of a new Washington state law that limited exemptions for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, requiring that students be fully vaccinated or be in the process of completing immunizations in order to attend school. The law, which followed a measles outbreak in the state, prohibits families from using personal or philosophical reasons to avoid the MMR vaccine. It still allows for exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Wednesday marks the deadline...
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[Deutsche Welle] The deadly virus has killed nearly three times as many people in the Democratic Republic of Congo as any Ebola outbreak. It's preventable with a vaccine.
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