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Epidemic is only a plane ride away

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A reminder that our cosmopolitan world works wonders for germs, even in some of our least modern citizens. Measles outbreak traced to Amish. Sixteen confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease have shown up around the Knox County village of Danville, less than 20 miles south of Richland County. Four members of an Amish community…

Measles virus trained in California

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The good news in this story is that thanks to a relatively high immunization rate, herd immunity has (so far) protected against a wider-spread outbreak after an infected passenger rode a commuter train during rush hour. The anti-vaccination movement brings the measles threat back home (Los Angeles Times): The latest threat comes from an unnamed…

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…

CDC releases statement about measles in the U.S.

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When will we see a world without measles? It COULD have happened, if only… Measles Still Threatens Health Security | Press Release | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC. Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic…

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…

Missionary returned with measles and triggered outbreak (UPDATE: anti-vax stance and worse)

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Now the church is under greater scrutiny and anti-vax sentiment emerges. See below. Originally published Aug-22-2013 A textbook example of why we need community immunity vaccination plans. Measles outbreak traced to megachurch near Eagle Mountain Lake | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth. Tarrant County health officials have zeroed in on a megachurch near Eagle Mountain…

Advertising authority cites Amazon for misleading claims

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Hurray. The U.K. advertising authority rules that Amazon was promoting misleading claims about vaccination without justification. Amazon Rapped Over Benefits Of Measles Claim. Amazon has got into trouble with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after publishing misleading claims about a book promoting a vaccination-free childhood. The ASA ruled the online retailer’s portrayal of Melanie’s Marvelous…

Netherlands Bible Belt experiences measles outbreak

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The Netherlands religious community is experiencing an outbreak of measles. DutchNews.nl – Measles outbreak reaches 161 cases, five children hospitalised. Largely affecting children aged 4 to 12 who attend orthodox Protestant schools. Many of the country’s strict Protestant communities do not vaccinate their children on religious grounds. Called “Bijbelgordel“, the Bible belt area of the…

More health issues surface in Pakistan. Quack medicine abounds.

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Pakistan is experiencing serious health issues these days. Anti-vaccination sentiment, measles, gastroenteritis and quack treatments. Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Five die of measles as another epidemic breaks out. While the country’s largest province struggles to cope with measles, another threat has emerged, endangering the lives of the citizens, particularly children.…

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…

British MP gets homeopaths to admit homeopathic vaccines and remedies don’t work

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MP Wollaston called on homeopathy purveyors to be perfectly clear with parents – homeopathic “vaccines” and remedies do not protect against measles. And they sort of admit they push useless stuff. Parents need to know homeopathy does not protect against measles, says MP The GP and Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston is calling on homeopathy’s governing…

The Independent (U.K.) gives Andrew Wakefield front page during measles outbreak

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Just a few days ago, Andrew Wakefield made a statement (on the horrendous Age of Autism org site) that claims “British Government is entirely culpable for measles outbreak” because they did not allow for single vaccines. And, he goes on to say that the [combination] “MMR Vaccine Can Cause Autism” (completely false) thus leaving parents…

Neal’s Yard medicine shop in U.K. sells homeopathy to treat measles

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There’s a strange thing about measles, people think it’s not a big deal anymore. Why bother vaccinating? Just take sugar pills. Neal’s Yard promotes homeopathy for measles. This could kill real children – Telegraph Blogs. For the record, in case I hadn’t made this clear earlier today: measles kills. Not as often as smallpox used…

Legacy of mistrust over MMR vaccine may be ending in U.K.

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This story suggests an interesting turnabout where a spectacular medical success fostered conditions for the emergence of skepticism. Wales measles: Parents ‘overcome MMR mistrust legacy’ Take-up for the MMR vaccine in the area dropped significantly in the late 1990s when research – which has since been discredited – raised concerns over the jab. Saturday has…

Messenger’s measles messup: An anti-vax book for children (UPDATED)

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Anti-vaccine book tells kids to embrace measles – Salon.com. Anti-vaxer Stephanie Messenger is the author of this book. According to the author’s page, “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” was written to: Educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages…

Measles can kill

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I lost my child to measles | Herald Sun. Immunisation advocate Cecily Johnson takes a photo of her daughter Laine and her death certificate to anti-vaccination meetings to fight their message that “immunisation harms” after Laine lost her life to complications from measles. Laine should have turned 30 last week, but she passed away in…

Good news about vaccination rates in the U.K.

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Some good news for a change. Society is on the rebound in vaccination acceptance after the huge setback caused by Wakefield’s discredited work. MMR vaccine uptake reaches 14-year high MMR vaccine coverage has reached its highest level in 14 years in young children, says the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). In England, 91%…

New South Wales experiences measles epidemic

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Worst measles outbreak in 10 years hits NSW. NSW is in the midst of the worst outbreak of measles in a decade with 124 cases reported so far this year. NSW Health says the numbers continue to rise and is appealing to people to ensure their family is fully vaccinated. Numbers began to spike in…