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October 4, 1999
Measles is a contagious childhood disease. Also called rubeola, it's caused by a virus. An infected person is contagious several days before the rash appears and remains so until the rash is gone. The rash, which shows up about four days after the onset of cold-like symptoms, usually starts on the face, and spreads to the entire body. It starts to fade within several days. Measles is rarely serious, but in a small number of cases can lead to brain damage or death. Data on measles in the U.S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Anh Do
Orange County health officials met in an emergency session this week after the latest measles tally showed the number of cases in the county had rocketed in the last few weeks. There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Orange County, the most of any county in California and nearly five times the number of cases in the entire state at this time last year, health officials said. Across the state, the numbers also moved forward, climbing to 49 cases by Friday. Last year, at this time, there were only four reported in the entire state.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Anh Do
Orange County health officials met in an emergency session this week after the latest measles tally showed the number of cases in the county had rocketed in the past few weeks. There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Orange County, the most of any county in California, health officials said. The number jumped upward from seven cases less than two weeks ago.  Measles cases are up across the state and rose to 32 cases by March 14, far higher than the three reported cases from the previous year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Anh Do
Orange County health officials met in an emergency session this week after the latest measles tally showed the number of cases in the county had rocketed in the past few weeks. There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Orange County, the most of any county in California, health officials said. The number jumped upward from seven cases less than two weeks ago.  Measles cases are up across the state and rose to 32 cases by March 14, far higher than the three reported cases from the previous year.
NEWS
February 10, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
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.
NEWS
September 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
An outbreak of measles in West Java has claimed 28 lives, all but one of them children, a newspaper reported Thursday.
SCIENCE
January 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
April 15, 1985 | From Reuters
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.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
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.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. That ... really shouldn't be the question. But for some reason it is in America. Deadly diseases such as measles and polio are no longer a threat to the majority of vaccinated Americans. (As The Times' editorial board recently wrote : “Vaccination doesn't immunize every person who gets the shots; some of the recent California cases were among people who had been vaccinated.”) Despite widespread fears, scientific consensus has shown no correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
And now, New York City. Measles is spreading in upper Manhattan and the Bronx, according to public health authorities in New York. About 16 cases have turned up, including two that involved contagion in doctors' offices. Outbreaks have also been reported in the Boston area , Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles .  Much of the current outbreak is traceable to the Philippines, where the disease is raging and easily spread to unvaccinated travelers. They come home to the U.S., where the virus is finding a surprising welcome.  Health experts add these to the tally of the anti-vaccination movement, which is based almost entirely on a long since debunked and withdrawn paper published in Britain in 1998.
OPINION
February 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The state of California issued an advisory on measles last week. Though only about a dozen cases have been reported so far, many more people have been exposed to the virus. In the Bay Area, thousands were warned to watch for signs of the disease after a man who'd been infected on a trip to Asia rode a BART train. In Los Angeles, far more people than necessary were exposed to measles because doctors failed to report two patients' cases immediately. One had traveled to Asia; the other had been exposed to a recently infected traveler.
OPINION
February 25, 2014
Re "As flu passes, new threat rises," Feb. 22 The Times reports on a new outbreak of measles in California, with nearly half of those affected having opted against childhood vaccination by using the state's personal beliefs exemption. Like the flu, measles can be a deadly disease; if it doesn't kill, it may result in lifelong disability. Equally significant, those vaccine objectors who "go bare" and then fall victim to infection may expose many others to cross-infection. Available vaccines, while proved safe and effective for many of those who are at risk, are admittedly not perfect.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
UPDATE: This post has been updated as explained below. In yet another sign of the perils and irresponsibility of the anti-vaccination movement, thousands of riders of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system are being warned that they may have been exposed to measles -- a disease that was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000 but has since returned.  The latest threat comes from an unnamed and unvaccinated UC Berkeley student who apparently contracted...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Bay Area officials say scores of commuters and other residents may have recently been exposed to measles after a UC Berkeley student who has the virus attended classes and took public transit. The student, who was not identified, took a Bay Area Rapid Transit train from his home in Contra Costa County to the college campus to attend class, officials said. "Measles is a serious, highly contagious disease," said Berkeley's health officer, Dr. Janet Berreman. "It spreads through the air, when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Anh Do
Orange County health officials met in an emergency session this week after the latest measles tally showed the number of cases in the county had rocketed in the last few weeks. There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Orange County, the most of any county in California and nearly five times the number of cases in the entire state at this time last year, health officials said. Across the state, the numbers also moved forward, climbing to 49 cases by Friday. Last year, at this time, there were only four reported in the entire state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1990
Los Angeles County residents can receive free measles vaccinations Saturday at any of 18 clinics set up by the Los Angeles County Medical Assn. in an effort to stop the spread of the area's worst measles epidemic since the 1970s. So far this year, seven Los Angeles County residents have died and 2,650 cases of measles have been reported, compared to 1,202 cases in all of 1989. More than half of these cases were among preschool children, 70% of them Latinos.
SCIENCE
September 12, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Overall, young children in the U.S. maintained high vaccination rates in 2012, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. But researchers also said there were 159 reported cases of measles between Jan. 1 and Aug. 24 this year - a higher number than usual - and gaps in immunization appear to be to blame. The new data were published in two reports included in the latest edition of the health agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report . In the first of the two papers, CDC researchers analyzed responses from the National Immunization Survey, which monitors vaccine coverage among children 19 to 35 months of age. The federal government targets 90% childhood vaccination rates.
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