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First American measles death in over a decade

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Anti-vax sites say that death of measles is so rare, it’s barely worth talking about. Until a totally preventable death rolls around. And why ignore all the hospitalizations and complications from measles – also preventable with vaccinations. If less people get vaccinated, measles will spread and MORE deaths than one or two will occur. This…

German court soundly smacks measles denier

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This biologist held some very bizarre idea about measles, ignoring the fact that we know exactly what virus DOES cause measles and can readily identify it and create vaccines that guard against it. He didn’t agree measles exists and insists it CAN’T exist. What does loudmouthed ignorance cost you? Lots. Pay up. Measles doubter must…

Arizona facing major measles outbreak right before Super Bowl

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Measles update: It’s affecting several states now (including CA, AZ, OR, UT, WA, NE and possibly PA) and in Mexico, prompting the CDC to issue a health advisory. Arizona officials have confirmed seven cases just days before the Super Bowl is held there. Officials: Up to 1K possibly exposed to measles in Ariz. With as…

Measles on a roll thanks to the unvaccinated

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No one has yet died but why would you NOT want to avoid getting sick and possibly getting health complications from a perfectly preventable illness? A parent would take away even a sore throat or tummy ache if they could, let alone a serious infection. The CDC has released numbers on measles. And we see the…

Measles vaccine sent cancer into remission. Take that anti-vaxxers!

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Not a breakthrough in cancer but rather on the ground evidence in humans that a new method of treatment may work. Mayo Clinic trial: Massive blast of measles vaccine wipes out cancer | Star Tribune. Stacy Erholtz was out of conventional treatment options for blood cancer last June when she underwent an experimental trial at…

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…

Kings of Leon fans exposed to measles at Seattle show

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Rock on, old diseases! Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way. A young woman at that concert in Seattle has come down with measles, which can be spread for days by a person who’s infected but not yet sick. That’s bad news for the thousands of people who shared the concert…

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

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.

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

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…

Measles expected to be “very bad”, “horrible”

Congratulations anti-vaxxers, you SUCK! I pull no punches when it comes to this. You have no excuse for your ignorance. Listen to doctors instead of celebrities for your medical advice. U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years – CNN.com. This year is on track to be the worst for measles in…

Advertising authority cites Amazon for misleading claims

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.

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

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…

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

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.

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…