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  • Global Measles Outbreaks Loom After 22M Vaccinations Missed During COVID-19 Pandemic, CDC Says

    11/16/2021 10:35:27 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    WPXI ^ | November 14, 2021 | Kelli Dugan
    “We must act now to strengthen disease surveillance systems and close immunity gaps, before travel and trade return to pre-pandemic levels, to prevent deadly measles outbreaks and mitigate the risk of other vaccine-preventable diseases,” Kevin Cain, global immunization director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday. Specifically, disease detection and diagnostics diverted to support COVID-19 responses, coupled with large numbers of unvaccinated children and persistent global pockets of measles outbreaks, have increased the “likelihood of measles-related deaths and serious complications in children,” Cain added. According to the CDC, the last widespread...
  • US resumes Afghan refugee flights after measles shots

    10/05/2021 1:55:32 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 04 October 2021 | Ben Fox
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan refugees will soon be arriving again in the U.S. after a massive campaign to vaccinate them against measles following a small outbreak that caused a three-week pause in evacuations, officials said Monday. Authorities have administered the vaccination to about 49,000 evacuees staying temporarily on American military bases as well as to those still at transit points in Europe and the Middle East, according to the Department of Homeland Security.... ...Everyone coming from Afghanistan is also tested for COVID-19. About 84 percent of the refugees in the U.S. and at overseas transit points have now received vaccinations...
  • Situation becoming 'dire' at US airbase in Germany housing approximately 2,000 pregnant Afghan refugees

    09/24/2021 9:07:13 PM PDT · by blueplum · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 24 September 2021 | Oren Liebermann and Ellie Kaufman, CNN
    (CNN)The task of accommodating 10,000 Afghan refugees, including approximately 2,000 pregnant women, is putting facilities at Ramstein airbase in Germany under tremendous strain as nighttime temperatures drop toward freezing and what was meant to be a 10-day temporary stay is stretching into weeks, with one US source familiar with the situation describing it as becoming "dire." Already 22 babies have been born to Afghan mothers at Ramstein, and that number will rise very soon with roughly two thirds of the 3,000 women being housed there pregnant, requiring the time and effort of medical personnel from Ramstein and other bases, two...
  • Biden adds measles to list of diseases that could require quarantine

    09/17/2021 3:32:35 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2021 | Jarrett Renshaw and Eric Beech
    President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order adding measles to a list of communicable diseases that could require quarantine after several Afghan refugees were diagnosed with the highly contagious disease after arriving in the United States. The action makes measles one of the diseases for which federal health authorities have the authority to issue quarantine orders requiring people who have been diagnosed with measles or exposed to it to self-isolate to protect public health, a White House official said in a statement. "This action was taken at the request of public health officials, who cited the cases of...
  • Afghan evacuee flights to US halted after measles cases

    09/10/2021 12:30:46 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 16 replies
    The U.S. has temporarily halted all U.S.-bound flights of Afghan evacuees from bases overseas after four evacuees tested positive for measles, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing on Friday.
  • Measles

    09/08/2021 9:24:03 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 47 replies
    Mayo Clinic ^ | Mayo Clinic
    Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Once quite common, measles can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine. Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children. While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills more than 100,000 people a year, most under the age of 5. As a result of high vaccination rates in general, measles hasn't been widespread in the United States for more than a decade. The United States had about 30 cases of measles in 2004 but more...
  • Fort McCoy hit by case of measles amid Afghan refugee resettlement effort

    09/07/2021 9:28:06 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sep 7, 2021 | By Adam Shaw , Jennifer Griffin
    The CDC says Afghanistan has the 7th highest number of measles cases in the world -------- Fort McCoy Army Base in Wisconsin identified a case of the measles this week as it brings in thousands of Afghan refugees as part of the mass evacuation effort in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Kabul. An internal government email, viewed by Fox News, said that the base confirmed a case of the measles on Sunday. "All those who had been in contact with the infected person at base have been isolated, and post-exposure prophylaxis and inoculations are in process," the notice...
  • Rinderpest research restarts

    07/16/2013 11:05:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Nature News ^ | 16 July 2013 | Declan Butler
    As moratorium lifts, oversight is put in place to assess studies on eradicated cattle virus. Research is set to resume on the rinderpest virus, the cause of a deadly cattle disease that was declared eradicated in 2011 and has been off limits for study ever since. The moratorium — part of efforts to guard against accidental or intentional release of virus that could reintroduce the disease — was lifted on 10 July and replaced by a new international oversight system for such research. In its heyday, the disease — the only one other than smallpox to be eradicated from nature...
  • Common MMR Vaccine May Prevent Covid-19

    10/23/2020 8:12:11 PM PDT · by doragsda · 60 replies
    The American Journal of Medicine ^ | October 23, 2020 | Ashford, et. al.
    The common MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine may protect against Covid-19. Journal article at link.
  • First case of rubella since 1999 confirmed in Austin

    01/16/2020 3:05:04 PM PST · by bgill · 54 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Jan. 16, 2020 | CBS Austin
    On the heels of the city's first case of measles in 20 years, another vaccine-preventable disease, rubella, has been confirmed in Austin. Austin Public Health says this is the first case of rubella in Travis County since 1999. Rubella is covered by the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. While Austin/Travis County has a relatively high vaccination rate, there are pockets of communities where vaccination opt-outs bring herd immunity to an unstable status. Rubella is less contagious than measles, but the virus has similar symptoms and is contracted the same way. Rubella is spread mainly through droplets that come from...
  • 'World's worst' measles outbreak in the Congo has now killed 6,000 people – almost three times more than the Ebola death toll in the African nation

    01/08/2020 6:15:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 8, 2020 | Connor Boyd
    Measles has killed nearly three times as many people as Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, figures show. Around 6,000 patients have died from measles since the start of 2019, with cases reported in every corner of the African country. More than a quarter of a million people have been infected in that time, with the World Health Organisation describing it as the 'world's worst outbreak'. Despite the growing death-toll, the DRC's simultaneous Ebola outbreak has gained far more international attention. The outbreak of the virus has killed at least 2,231 people since the first case was reported in...
  • 50 children killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens

    12/03/2019 1:38:29 PM PST · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/1/2019 | NICK PERRY
    Samoa’s government said Monday that another five children had died within the past day from a measles outbreak, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to more than 50 as authorities race to vaccinate the entire population. Samoa declared a national emergency last month and mandated that all 200,000 people living on the South Pacific island nation get vaccinated. The government has closed all schools and banned children from public gatherings. In all, 53 people have died in the outbreak since late October, including one adult and two older teenagers. Most of those who have died have been babies and...
  • As measles deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo top 4,000

    10/09/2019 10:43:39 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    Unicef ^ | 10/09/19 | Unicef
    UNICEF is vaccinating thousands more children against measles and rushing life-saving medicines to health centers across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as deaths from the world’s largest measles outbreak top 4,000. Since January, 203,179 cases of measles have been reported in all 26 provinces of the country, and 4,096 have died. Children under the age of five represent 74 per cent of infections and nearly 90 per cent of deaths. The number of measles cases in DRC this year is more than triple the number recorded for all of 2018. The measles outbreak in DRC has become far...
  • CDC: USA is on the verge of losing measles elimination status

    08/28/2019 12:17:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/28/2019 | Zack Budryk
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week sounded the alarm that recent measles outbreaks have put the 2000 declaration of the disease having been eliminated at risk, according to a CNN report. The ongoing outbreaks have created a “reasonable chance” the nation will lose measles elimination status in October, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told the network. "It certainly is incredibly frustrating and upsetting to the public health community that we may lose measles elimination status, because we do have a safe and effective vaccine," she told CNN....
  • UK's Johnson slams 'mumbo-jumbo' about vaccines after measles rates rise

    08/19/2019 1:16:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    “The UK generally has a great record on fighting measles, but for the first time we’re suddenly going in the wrong direction,” Johnson said on a visit to a hospital in Truro, south-west England. “I’m afraid people have just been listening to that superstitious mumbo-jumbo on the internet, all that anti-vax stuff, and thinking that the MMR vaccine is a bad idea. That’s wrong, please get your kids vaccinated.” Johnson added that some parents were also complacent about making sure their children receive their second doses of the MMR vaccine. Johnson’s office said that currently just 87% of children are...
  • Measles spike raises fears that virus has evolved and vaccine is not providing immunity

    06/26/2019 6:28:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Monday, 24 June 2019 7:22 pm | Sarah Wiedersehn
    Research by the Department of Health, the Doherty Institute and Royal Melbourne Hospital shows that, between 2014 and 2017, 13 Australians who had been vaccinated still contracted the virus. Medical experts suggest a third vaccination may be necessary to keep people immune. The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Dr Katherine Gibney is an epidemiologist at the Doherty Institute and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She says because Australia has done such a good job at eliminating measles, people who have had only one vaccine aren’t getting a natural immunity boost as the disease isn’t circulating in the community. “If...
  • Border Crisis: Texas Town Overrun With Crime & Disease, And This Mayor Has Had Enough!

    06/13/2019 1:51:32 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 20 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 6/11/2019 | Daniel Horowitz
    "From my standpoint, I don't know why we even have federal elected officials," said Uvalde, Texas, Mayor Don McLaughlin in an exclusive interview with CR. ... "We are in no man's land. The state is not doing anything; the fedral government is not doing anything," said the mayor who is begging politicians to get involved. "We are getting nothing. I've lived here all my life and have never seen anything like this. The people in the communities are getting scared... People up north and in D.C. have no clue what is going on here. They don't realize that these people...
  • DHS: Illegal Aliens Released into U.S. Without Undergoing Disease Tests

    06/13/2019 11:14:38 AM PDT · by detective · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jun 2019 | JOHN BINDER
    Border crossers and illegal aliens are being released into the interior of the United States without going through basic medical examinations and disease tests, Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan admits. In written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, McAleenan admitted the thousands of border crossers and illegal aliens DHS is releasing every week are not undergoing disease tests. McAleenan wrote: The public health risk — family units are released into our communities with unknown vaccination status and without a standard medical examination for communicable diseases of public health concern, as well as a public...
  • 550 African Migrants Were Just Caught In Texas. DHS Head Says They Aren't Being Screened For Ebola

    06/12/2019 12:17:51 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 140 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 6/12/2019 | David Horowitz
    ... The threat of bringing in dangerous diseases is higher than ever, yet there are no mandatory and universal screenings, quarantines, or universal detention before illegal immigrants are released into our communities, often within hours. According to preliminary weekly data used internally by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and given to CR by a border patrol agent who must remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak to the press, over 550 African migrants were apprehended in Texas in just one week - from May 30 through June 5. The lion's share come from Democratic Republic of Congo, the...
  • Virginia investigates possible measles exposure at Dulles, Inova

    06/06/2019 9:08:47 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 10 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | June 6, 2019 10:47 am | William Vitka | @vitkaWTOP
    This undated image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Feb. 4, 2015 shows an electron microscope image of a measles virus particle, center. Measles is considered one of the most infectious diseases known. The virus is spread through the air when someone infected coughs or sneezes. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cynthia Goldsmith) In the midst of a 27-year high for measles cases in the U.S., health officials in Northern Virginia are warning people that that they may have been exposed to a person with measles. The individual visited multiple locations this past...