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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...
CDC: U.S. measles cases surpass 1,000

CDC: U.S. measles cases surpass 1,000

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June 5 (UPI) -- The number of measles cases in the United States surpassed 1,000 Wednesday, a milestone Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called "troubling." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1,001 people have been sickened by the contagious disease in 2019. The agency made the announcement two days after its regular weekly outbreak update. On Monday, the CDC said 981 illnesses had been reported. "The 1,000th case of a preventable disease like measles is a troubling reminder of how important that work is to the public health of the nation," Azar said of the HHS' efforts to promote safety and vaccinations. "We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease and end the current outbreak," he ad...