May 26, 2006 |
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.
March 11, 2006 |
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.
August 27, 2013 |
A man travels to Indonesia and contracts the measles. He then visits a church in Texas, sickening 21 people -- at least so far. Who should feel responsible? The unvaccinated man who contracted the disease or the ministers at the church who've questioned the practice of vaccination and instead advocate for faith-healing? NBC News health correspondent JoNel Aleccia reports : “ Sixteen people -- nine children and seven adults -- ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years had come down with the highly contagious virus in Tarrant County, Texas, as of Monday.
March 17, 2014 |
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add these to the tally of the anti-vaccination movement, which is based almost entirely on a long since debunked and withdrawn paper published in Britain in 1998.
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February 18, 1989 |
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."
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April 18, 1990 |
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."
February 2, 1990 |
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.
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April 17, 1990 |
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.
April 19, 2012 |
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.