• Expert Says Herd Immunity is Threatened in Measles Outbreak
    Being a member of a vaccinated community has an important added benefit: preventing the spread of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. The current concern over outbreaks of measles in the United States provides valuable lessons about how vaccinations are effective ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • High Fever: Is It Measles or Flu? Pathologist Supplies the Answers
    Gary W. Procop, MD, FCAP, a fellow of the College of American Pathologists, explains that measles is characterized by the three Cs: cough, coryza and conjunctivitis. This is followed by a maculopapular rash that usually develops 14 days after the child is exposed, spreading ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Microneedle Patch for Measles Vaccination Could Be a Game Changer
    A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. The microneedle patch is designed to ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • California Public Health Officials Declare Measles Outbreak That Began in December is Now Over
    The California measles outbreak that began in December 2014 is over, announces Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer. No new outbreak-related measles cases have been reported to CDPH for two 21-day incubation ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Research Letter Suggests Substandard Vaccination to Blame for Measles Outbreak
    An analysis of publicly available outbreak data suggests that substandard vaccination compliance is likely to blame for the recent measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in California, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.   Without vaccination, ...More
    March 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • 2014 Ebola Outbreak May Have Laid Tracks for Deadly Measles Epidemic in Africa
    The Ebola outbreak that has swept West Africa since 2014 may have cleared the way for a more familiar killer that could claim thousands of more lives -- measles. The African countries most affected by the outbreak could now be highly susceptible to measles epidemics due to ...More
    March 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Examines Vaccination Hesitancy
    Future outbreaks of measles can only be prevented by vaccination. An article published in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health examined reasons people are hesitant to vaccinate. In 2012, an imported case from Thailand led to a large measles outbreak in New ...More
    March 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • More Than 23,000 Measles Cases Reported in WHO European Region in a Year
    Between Jan. 1, 2014 and March 1, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) received notification of more than 23,000 cases of measles in the WHO European Region. The most affected country is Kyrgyzstan with more than 7,000 cases reported in just the first seven weeks of ...More
    March 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • Simulating the Potential Spread of Measles
    To help the public better understand how measles can spread, a team of infectious disease computer modelers at the University of Pittsburgh has launched a free, mobile-friendly tool that lets users simulate measles outbreaks in cities across the country. The tool is part of ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Calls for Scaled-Up Vaccination Against Measles in Europe
    The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe calls on policy-makers, healthcare workers and parents immediately to step up vaccination against measles across age groups at risk. This will help to put an end to the outbreaks occurring in countries in the ...More
    February 27, 2015 Posted in News
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