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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 »

Rubella Wiped Out in Americas

We'll kill off measles next, health chiefs say

(Newser) - Goodbye and good riddance to rubella, which has joined smallpox and polio in being completely eradicated from the Americas. The disease, also known as German measles, has devastating consequences for unborn children, including blindness, deafness, and heart defects, when pregnant women catch it in the first trimester. In a big... 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 »

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 »

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 »

New Study Finds No Vaccine Link to Autism

MMR shot not guilty, say researchers

(Newser) - A new study concludes that a childhood vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella is not linked to autism, reports the Washington Post. Researchers studied bowel biopsies from 38 autistic children and found no link between the vaccine and the digestive problems often associated with autism. The results, which contradict the... More »

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