CDC mandates measles vaccine for Afghan refugees

News 09/21/21, 23:14

Afghan refugees arriving in the United States must be immunized against measles and quarantined starting from Sept. 17. Joe Biden's administration has signed a new order that adds measles to the list of quarantinable communicable diseases. This executive decision came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 16 cases ...

Summer camp is newest front in battle with measles outbreak

New York 06/16/19, 07:28

The battle to contain the worst U.S. measles outbreak in 27 years has a new front: summer camp.Vaccinations have been made mandatory this summer for campers and staff in several counties north of New York City that annually fill up with kids from the Orthodox Jewish communities that have been ...

US measles count nears 1,000, surpassing 25-year-old record

U.S. 05/30/19, 13:52

This year's U.S. measles epidemic just surpassed a 25-year-old record, and experts say it's not clear when the wave of illnesses will stop.U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 971 cases so far this year. That eclipses the 963 measles illnesses reported for all of 1994.It's been 27 years since the ...

Thousands of US kindergartners unvaccinated without waivers

Health 05/28/19, 05:16

States are heatedly debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but schoolchildren using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those who give no excuse at all for lacking their shots.A majority ...

Indianapolis 500 officials to offer measles vaccine at race

Health 05/23/19, 12:25

Some fans attending Sunday's Indianapolis 500 can get measles vaccines at the track's infield medical center.IndyCar medical director Geoffrey Billows said Thursday a "very limited supply" of vaccines will be available at the medical building near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum. He says most insurance companies will cover the cost.Billows ...

Oregon vaccine bill dead as US measles count soars

Business 05/14/19, 17:49

Critics blasted a decision by Oregon lawmakers that killed a bill aimed at getting more children vaccinated for measles and other preventable diseases in order pass a tax on large businesses, saying it jeopardized public health.Despite passing the House and having the necessary votes in the Senate, the measure to ...

US measles cases still climbing, topping 800 for year

Health 05/13/19, 09:37

U.S. health officials say this year's count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation's highest in 25 years.A total of 839 cases were reported as of last week. That's the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year.The Centers for ...

28 to remain on Scientology ship in Curacao in measles scare

America 05/11/19, 16:58

Authorities in Curacao say that 17 crew members and 11 passengers must stay aboard a ship owned by the Church of Scientology that was quarantined at the Dutch Caribbean island following a confirmed case of measles.Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth said Saturday that the group is required to stay on the 440-feet ...

Washington state limits exemptions for measles vaccine

Science 05/10/19, 15:27

Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee.The state saw more than 70 ...

White House creates new strategy to control global infectious diseases

U.S. 05/10/19, 09:47

The Trump administration released its Global Health Security Strategy, the first full-fledged strategy of its kind, on May 9. This comes at a time when non-deadly measles outbreaks are on the rise, but more importantly, emerging deadly viruses threaten to become international crises. It is in the interest of the ...

Report: Vaccine exemptions in Texas rise for 15th year

Texas 05/07/19, 11:39

A Texas Department of Health Services report shows the number of people in the state who chose to not immunize their children for non-medical reasons has jumped this past school year despite a record-breaking measles outbreak in the U.S.The Houston Chronicle reports that the number of parents who sought exemptions ...

States seek to cut off religious exemptions for vaccination

New York 05/06/19, 18:13

Connecticut's Attorney General gave state lawmakers the legal go-ahead Monday to pursue legislation that would prevent parents from exempting their children from vaccinations for religious reasons, a move that several states are considering amid a significant measles outbreak.The non-binding ruling from William Tong, a Democrat, was released the same day ...

Scientology ship to remain under quarantine in Curacao

Health 05/06/19, 09:56

Authorities in Curacao say 318 people aboard a Church of Scientology ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean island will remain quarantined at least until Wednesday while they determine how many might be infected with measles.Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth told The Associated Press late Sunday that a team of health officials took ...

US measles count rises to 764, driven by New York outbreaks

U.S. 05/06/19, 08:37

U.S. health officials say at least 60 more measles cases have been reported, increasing a 2019 tally that is already the highest in 25 years.Officials on Monday said 764 cases have been reported as of last Thursday. It's the most in the U.S. since 1994, when 963 were reported.New York ...

Germany mulls fines to boost measles vaccination rates

Europe 05/05/19, 05:30

Germany's health minister is proposing fines for parents of school-age children who haven't been vaccinated for measles.Minister Jens Spahn told the German weekly Bild am Sonntag that parents who can't prove their children have been vaccinated for the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease should have to pay up to ...

Curacao officials board quarantined ship in measles case

Health 05/04/19, 06:33

Authorities in Curacao on Saturday boarded a ship that arrived in the Dutch Caribbean island under quarantine, to start vaccinating people to prevent a measles outbreak.Health officials said only those who already have been vaccinated or have previously had measles will be free to leave the 440-foot (134-meter) ship Freewinds, ...

Cruise ship quarantined for measles case heads to Curacao

World 05/03/19, 08:02

Authorities in Curacao are debating how to respond to a ship with 300 people aboard that is heading to the Dutch Caribbean island after being placed under quarantine in nearby St. Lucia because of a confirmed case of measles.The ship left St. Lucia late Thursday after spending two days under ...

St. Lucia quarantines cruise ship after measles case

U.S. 05/02/19, 13:19

Authorities on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia said Thursday that they quarantined a cruise ship with some 300 people aboard after discovering a confirmed case of measles aboard.Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James, the island's chief medical officer, told The Associated Press the ship was still in port and no one ...

Fewer than 100 now quarantined in LA measles outbreak

California 04/30/19, 13:44

Fewer than 100 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities remain quarantined following their possible exposure to measles.California State University, Los Angeles, reported Tuesday that 70 students and employees were still under a quarantine launched last week after it was learned that hundreds of people might have come ...

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