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Measles outbreak in Phillipines kills 21

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Measles is a preventable death thanks to vaccination. DOH declares measles outbreaks in 5 Metro Manila cities | News | GMA News Online. The Department of Health declared measles outbreaks in five cities in Metro Manila Saturday as the number of patients infected by the viral disease continues to rise. According to a report aired…

Measles on the move – an epidemic in Wales

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In a followup to a story back in April of this year about an epidemic in Wales, news has not gotten better. There are STILL too many children not vaccinated. Measles cases soar in epidemic area « This Is Jersey. Health chiefs in Wales warned last month that a renewed flare-up of the virus could…

Possible first measles death in Wales epidemic

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The Wakefield effect? We’ll have to see. BBC News – Swansea measles epidemic: Man who died had measles. The 25-year-old, named locally as Gareth Williams, was found dead at a flat on Thursday. Public Health Wales (PHW), which is tackling an epidemic of more than 800 cases, said tests confirmed only that the man had…

Nine women killed administering polio vaccinations in Nigeria (Update: possibly more)

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Extremely discouraging news. Nigeria polio vaccinators shot dead in Kano Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centres in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC. In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle. Thirty minutes later…

Pertussis outbreak: The vaccine works just not as well as we expected

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There is a petussis (whooping cough) epidemic. I did a Google News search for “pertussus” and came up with dozen stories in the past 2 days citing cases in Kansas, West Virginia, Montana, North Carolina, Texas Where ISN’T it? Often, the skeptical community will cite anti-vaccination misinformation as a cause of the declining rates of…

Australian commission takes down homeopathy claims for pertussis

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Watchdog blast homeopathy site over whooping cough The consumer watchdog has forced a homeopathy website to take down claims the whooping cough vaccine is dangerous. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the assertions by the Homeopathy Plus! website, which has ignored a previous order by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to publish a retraction of…

Four-part series on Discovering Autism – The upsurge in diagnoses

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Discovering Autism: Unraveling an epidemic – latimes.com. The L.A. Times has a four part series on autism beginning with this story about the increase in diagnosis. Rates of autism have exploded over the last 20 years. In exploring the phenomenon and its repercussions, Los Angeles Times staff writer Alan Zarembo interviewed dozens of clinicians, researchers,…