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NATIONAL
May 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Boston health officials worked to contain the city's first outbreak of measles in seven years after four people in a downtown office tower were diagnosed with the highly infectious disease. The Boston Public Health Commission opened a second emergency health clinic at the 60-story John Hancock Tower after it became known that hundreds of workers may be at risk of developing measles.
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SCIENCE
March 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Worldwide measles deaths dropped 48% in six years as immunization efforts reached more children in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations said Friday. The World Health Organization and the U.N. Children's Fund said the fall in deaths to 454,000 in 2004 from 871,000 in 1999 was "an outstanding public-health success story." A safe, cheap and effective measles vaccine has been available since the 1960s, but the highly infectious disease is still a major killer of children in developing countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1989 | MICHAEL CICCHESE, Times Staff Writer
Cases of red measles in Orange County will set a 12-year record this year if they continue at the current rate, the director of immunization for the county Health Department said Friday. Dr. Gerald Wagner said 26 cases have been reported so far. At that rate, he said, the cases could outnumber the record set in 1977 of 397. "Cases continue to be reported throughout the county," Wagner said. "The first cases seemed to be just in the Santa Ana and Garden Grove area."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1990 | LANIE JONES
Orange County health officials Tuesday hurriedly met the deadline for applying for state funds to try to limit the spread of a measles epidemic. They sent their application early Tuesday for $150,000 in state funds to the state Department of Health Services' immunization division in Berkeley. And, county public health director L. Rex Ehling said, "the state agrees the grant application is accepted."
NEWS
February 2, 1990 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A persistent measles epidemic that has gripped the Southland and other regions of California since late 1987 flared anew in January, claiming six lives and prompting some experts to warn that an end to the outbreak is nowhere in sight. The surge in measles cases comes after several counties experienced a lull late last year that gave many health officials hope that the stubborn epidemic might be subsiding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1990 | LANIE JONES
Seeking state funds to combat a measles epidemic, Orange County's public health officer on Monday declared that the county was in a state of emergency because of the disease. "The current epidemic, which shows no abatement, has put a terrific strain on our immunizations resources," Dr. L. Rex Ehling said. So far this year, Orange County officials have recorded 204 measles cases and two deaths, health officials said. Statewide, measles has afflicted 1,800 people this year, killing 24.
NEWS
April 19, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II / For the Booster Shots blog
The United States logged 222 measles cases last year, well above the median of 60 cases a year that has been the norm during the last decade and the most cases since the 508 cases that occurred in 1996, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Most of the new cases were clustered in 17 outbreaks, about four times the normal number. All were the result of imported virus, either by U.S. citizens returning from vacations or by foreign visitors. About half of the cases originated in Western Europe.
WORLD
March 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Hundreds of children have died in an upsurge in measles cases in Nigeria, despite a series of local vaccination campaigns aimed at combating the disease. At least 589 children have died of measles so far this year in Nigeria, which, along with India and Pakistan, is one of the countries most affected by the disease. Most of the victims have been children under 5 who lived in northern Nigeria, according to figures from the World Health Organization and the Nigerian Red Cross.
NEWS
January 13, 1989 | ROBERT STEINBROOK, Times Medical Writer
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Thursday recommended two significant changes in the routine for measles vaccinations: an extra shot for many infants and re-vaccinations for older children if an outbreak hits their schools. The CDC's measles specialists, who once expected to eradicate measles in the United States by 1982, now say the new measures are necessary to prevent continuing outbreaks of the disease. "We view these recommendations positively.
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