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More 'Sick' Planes Are in the News. This Time It's Measles

Passengers on 4 Southwest flights in Texas warned they may have been exposed to disease

(Newser) - First Emirates , then American , and now Southwest. All three airlines this week have had passengers or crew stricken by illness, and the latest episode involves the measles. NBC DFW reports that Southwest Airlines is working with the CDC to get in touch with passengers who were on four Southwest flights... More »

Anti-Vaxxer Nurse Fired for Post About Measles Patient

It included 'protected health information,' says Texas Children's Hospital

(Newser) - A Texas Children's Hospital nurse is out of a job after posting about a toddler who tested positive for measles on an anti-vaccination Facebook page. Identifying herself as a "nonvaxxer" on a since-removed page called Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children-Texas, the woman wrote Friday that she'd seen... More »

Dozens Dead in EU in 'Astounding' Measles Outbreak

There's been an uptick in US, too

(Newser) - Some not-great news out of the World Health Organization regarding one of the most contagious viruses around. Per the BBC , a record number of measles patients has been recorded in the European Union, with last year's nearly 24,000 cases being surpassed by this year's 41,000 figure.... More »

Vaccine Workers' Mistakes Kill 15 Kids in South Sudan

Measles campaign didn't follow hygiene protocol

(Newser) - Health workers vaccinating children in South Sudan against measles last month used the same syringe for all the children without sterilizing it and did not properly refrigerate the vaccine during storage, leading to the deaths of at least 15 children. Of the 300 or so children vaccinated between May 2-5... More »

Why Minnesota's Measles Outbreak Could Get Even Worse

Somali-Americans avoiding vaccines due to unfounded fears of autism

(Newser) - The Minnesota Department of Health has identified 34 cases so far in a measles outbreak, with a University of Minnesota infectious disease expert worried it's leading to a "gas-and-match situation" that will result in more cases and possibly even deaths, NPR reports. What health officials are worried may... More »

Refusal to Vaccinate Tied to Resurgence of Measles, Pertussis

More than half of recent measles cases appeared in unvaccinated people: study

(Newser) - Wondering what's behind recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in the US? Perhaps not surprisingly, a new study published in JAMA finds that people who don't vaccinate—for non-medical reasons—contribute to the problem, Reuters reports. Since measles was declared eliminated in the US in 2000, there... More »

MIT Scientists Figure Out What Happens When We Sneeze

They map out how mucus and saliva break into droplets

(Newser) - A sneeze is not just a sneeze. It is a "high-propulsion" cloud of mucus and saliva that spreads across entire rooms, even reaching ceilings and the ventilation ducts found there, in a matter of minutes. MIT researchers first gained attention last year with these findings, reports CBS Boston , and... More »

US Has First Measles Death in 12 Years

Washington woman succumbed to pneumonia caused by measles: health officials

(Newser) - A woman in Washington state who fell ill earlier this year and died is now said to have died from pneumonia caused by measles—making it what health officials say is the first measles death in the country since 2003, the Seattle Times reports. The cause of death of the... More »

SF Commuter May Have Exposed Thousands to Measles

Infected rider used BART for 3 days

(Newser) - A person infected with measles used San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system for three days last week, and health officials say the risk of commuters contracting the disease is low—but the number of people potentially exposed is very high. Officials say the infected person, a LinkedIn employee,... More »

California: 'Measles Parties' Are Downright Dangerous

Health officials say intentionally exposing kids to disease is unwise

(Newser) - Are "measles parties"—where parents purposely expose unvaccinated kids to infected ones to build up immunity—a good idea? Some parents say yes, but California public health officials say absolutely not, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to a KQED blog post , Marin County mom Julie Schiffman received... More »

Inside Roald Dahl's Own Measles Tragedy

In late '80s, author shared the story of daughter Olivia

(Newser) - In recent weeks, hardly a day has passed without a big measles-related headline, but one of the most-talked-about stories to surface actually dates to 1988—and, before that, 1962. In that earlier year, famed children's book author Roald Dahl lost his 7-year-old daughter to measles encephalitis, which the Washington ... More »

Measles Outbreak Hits Chicago-Area Daycare

5 kids under the age of 1 diagnosed

(Newser) - Five kids under the age of 1 have been diagnosed with measles at a daycare outside Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune , in an outbreak that comes on the heels of Cook County announcing last week that it had its first adult case of measles this year. It's not clear... More »

An End to Major Vaccine Exemption in California?

Lawmakers hope to eliminate 'personal belief' vaccine exemptions

(Newser) - California is at the epicenter of the measles outbreak , which has two state lawmakers hoping to end a major vaccination exemption. As the number of measles cases in the state climbs to 99—with cases in 19 other states and in Mexico—State Sen. Ben Allen and fellow Democrat Richard... More »

Pro-Vaxxers Jump on Christie: 'Insane,' 'Pandering'

Critics rail against NJ guv's stance for parental 'choice' regarding vaccines

(Newser) - NJ Gov. Chris Christie is now pulling back on statements he made earlier today—in response to the recent measles outbreak —that parents should have a "choice" whether to get their kids vaccinated. "The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection, and with a disease... More »

Chris Christie on Vaccines: Parents Should Have 'Choice'

While President Obama says, 'get your kids vaccinated'

(Newser) - Chris Christie is in the UK—technically on a trade mission for New Jersey, but most are looking at the trip as a precursor to his seemingly inevitable presidential campaign—and today in England he was asked about vaccinations in light of the US measles outbreak. "We vaccinate ours... More »

CDC: Measles Outbreak Has Overseas Source

It probably began with infected Disney tourist, experts say

(Newser) - It's a small world after all: The measles outbreak that has spread from Disneyland probably began with a foreign visitor to the California park or an American who became infected overseas, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. The chief of the CDC's National Center for... More »

Dad of Sick Boy: Keep Anti-Vaxxers Out of School

He's worried that his son, in remission from leukemia, is vulnerable

(Newser) - California parent Carl Krawitt is OK with parents refusing to have their children vaccinated. He just wants their kids to stay away from his kid—and he wants schools to help by forbidding anti-vaxxers from attending, reports NPR . Krawitt's 6-year-old son, Rhett, is in remission from leukemia, and the... More »

How to Stop the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Peer pressure—and more regulation, writes Michael Hiltzik

(Newser) - In the wake of the Disneyland-linked measles outbreak, which has now hit 87 cases, columnist Michael Hiltzik takes a look back at Jenny McCarthy in a Los Angeles Times piece whose headline dubs her a "public menace" for popularizing the anti-vaccine movement. Hiltzik also reminds us that McCarthy, who... More »

Anti-Vaxxers, This Measles Outbreak Is on You

Pediatrician: We can't let junk science endanger us

(Newser) - The measles outbreak linked to Disneyland is now at 70 cases, and pediatrician Russell Saunders at the Daily Beast rips into those he views solely responsible: anti-vaxxers. "The reason the disease was once considered eradicated in the United States is because there is a safe and effective vaccine against... More »

Also Getting Sick in Measles Outbreak: the Vaccinated

Vaccine isn't 100% effective

(Newser) - The number of measles cases in the outbreak traced to Disneyland has now hit 70—and while unvaccinated people have been urged to stay away from the theme park , at least five cases in California involve people who had their shots. Experts say this is because the vaccination isn't... More »

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