February 10, 2012 |
The Indiana State Department of Health sent out a statement Feb. 3, two days before the New England Patriots and the New York Giants squared off for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. The bulletin, which advised "Hoosiers and out-of-town guests" to "Practice Good Health Defense for a Safe Super Bowl Sunday," offered tips about healthful eating, drinking in moderation, keeping warm and storing party foods properly to avoid food-borne illnesses. Less than a week later, the department circulated another release that touched on a Super Bowl health hazard few had considered: measles, and the importance of vaccination. State health officials reported two confirmed and two probable cases of the respiratory ailment. One of infected individuals had attended pre-Super Bowl celebrations in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 3 -- raising the alarming possibility that others at the event who were not up-to-date on their vaccinations or who had not had measles in the past could have been exposed to the virus as well. That's a concern because measles is highly contagious, said Dr. Edgar Marcuse, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle who is based at Seattle Children's Hospital.
September 1, 1989 |
An outbreak of measles in West Java has claimed 28 lives, all but one of them children, a newspaper reported Thursday.
January 20, 2007 |
Measles deaths around the world have decreased by 60% since 1999, to fewer than 345,000 last year, in what the head of the World Health Organization called a "historic victory for global public health." Deaths totaled 873,000 in 1999. The decrease resulted from a $300-million Measles Initiative begun in 2001 to cut measles deaths in half.
April 15, 1985 |
A severe outbreak of measles this year has afflicted this West African capital, the Malian health minister, Dr. Mamadou Dembele, reported. In a weekend broadcast, he said 11,374 children have contracted measles during the first three months of 1985, compared to 1,599 during all of 1984.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 |
Two relatives of a UC Berkeley student with measles have also contracted the disease, Bay Area health officials said Friday. The relatives, identified only as men in their 20s and 30s, voluntarily quarantined in their Contra Costa County homes after the student was diagnosed, Contra Costa Health Services said in a news release . Officials have not identified any other people exposed to measles by those cases, the statement said. “People who aren't immunized are very likely to get measles if they are exposed to the virus," said Erika Jenssen, c ommunicable disease programs chief with Contra Costa Health Services, in a statement.
December 22, 2006 |
The biggest U.S. measles outbreak in a decade -- 34 people stricken in Indiana and Illinois last year -- was traced back to a 17-year-old girl who had traveled to Romania without first getting vaccinated, government health officials in Atlanta said. The outbreak accounted for more than half of the 66 measles cases in the United States in 2005. Widespread use of the measles vaccine has dramatically reduced the incidence of the disease over the last four decades.