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WHO, CDC data shows measles cases up 30 percent globally

WHO, CDC data shows measles cases up 30 percent globally

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Dec. 5 (UPI) -- When it comes to measles outbreaks, the United States is catching up with the rest of the world. Although 2018 was a relatively quiet year for the disease in the U.S. -- with just 372 confirmed cases -- nearly 9.8 million people were diagnosed with measles globally, and more than 140,000 died from it, despite availability of a vaccine. And this year, the disease has been far more prevalent in the U.S., with more than 1,200 cases to date -- the highest total in more than 25 years. Both the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted the importance of vaccination Thursday as they released their final measles surveillance figures for 2018. "That anyone should die from measles -- against which a safe, effective and affordable...

Samoa’s capital deserted as teams battle measles epidemic

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Samoa’s main streets are eerily quiet as the government steps up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 peopleBy NICK PERRY Associated PressDecember 5, 2019, 3:10 AM2 min read Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people. The government told most public and private workers to stay home on Thursday and Friday and shut down roads to nonessential vehicles as teams began going door-to-door to administer vaccines. Families in the Pacific island nation were asked to hang red flags from their houses if they needed to be vaccinated. Most of those who have died from the virus are young, with 54 deaths among children aged 4 or younger. The Samoa Observer newspaper said the normally bustling
Measles makes body ‘forget’ how to fight infection

Measles makes body ‘forget’ how to fight infection

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Measles has a devastating impact on the body's immune system that could make it harder to fight infections for years, a pair of studies show. The virus can cause "immune amnesia" - meaning the body forgets how to fight bugs it once knew how to beat. Measles also resets the immune system to a "baby-like" state, compromising its ability to devise ways of tackling new infections.Experts said the findings showed the importance of vaccination. Remind me, what is measles?Measles is a virus that initially causes a runny nose, sneezing and fever.A few days later it leads to a blotchy rash that starts off on the face and spreads across the body. Most people will recover, but measles can cause life-long disability. It can be deadly, especially if it causes pneumoni...

Officials: Teen at dance competition in Arizona had measles

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Public health officials say a teenager competing in the World Hip Hop Championship in Phoenix has measles and may have exposed others at the dance competition. The Maricopa County Public Health Department said Friday the teen was infectious with measles from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11 at the Arizona Grand Resort, where the competition was held. She also traveled through Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor Airport on the evening of Aug. 11. The terminal is used by United, Alaska, Spirit and a handful of small commuter airlines. Health department spokeswoman Sonia Singh says the girl lives outside the United States but she can't say where to maintain confidentiality. Health officials say anyone potentially exposed to measles should watch for symptoms such as a fever or unexplained rash until Sept. 2.Let's bloc...
Boris Johnson orders action to stop measles spread

Boris Johnson orders action to stop measles spread

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ordering urgent action to ensure that children and young people in Britain are protected against measles. The disease can be stopped through two doses of the MMR vaccine, but immunisation rates have been falling for a number of reasons.And the UK has lost its measles-free status, three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.In the first quarter of 2019, there were 231 confirmed cases in the UK. The prime minister announced that: GPs are being asked to promote catch-up vaccinations for children who may have missed out on both doses Social media companies are being urged to quash misleading anti-vaccine messages The firms will be invited to a summit to explore how they can better promote accurate vaccination info...