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Officials: Scientology Ship Quarantined Over Measles

Nearly 300 people are stuck on the Freewinds docked in St. Lucia

(Newser) - On the Freewinds cruise ship, there's one person currently being kept in isolation with the measles—while nearly 300 others are being kept on board at a port in St. Lucia. The 440-foot-long ship has been quarantined since Monday due to a female crew member's measles diagnosis, meaning... More »

CDC Releases New Measles Stats, and They're Not Good

US cases hit 25-year high

(Newser) - It's official: Measles cases are at a 25-year high in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest numbers Monday, and those numbers reveal that so far this year at least 704 people have come down with the viral infection, the Washington Post reports. That'... More »

Old Brady Bunch Episode Becomes Anti-Vaxxer Theme

But actress who played Marcia speaks out against

(Newser) - Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, thinks people should get their information on measles from medical professionals in 2019, not sitcom episodes from 50 years earlier. McCormick isn't happy about anti-vaxxers pointing to a 1969 episode in which the whole Brady family comes down with... More »

LA Colleges Quarantine After Measles Exposure

More than 900 students and staff are isolated or sent home

(Newser) - More than 900 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the US, where cases have reached a 25-year high. By... More »

Hundreds Oppose California's Mandatory Vaccines Proposal

As measles cases in US hit 25-year high

(Newser) - As news broke Wednesday that US measles cases have hit their highest mark in 25 years, a proposed vaccine law in California was drawing massive opposition. Details:
  • Officials in hard-hit New York City on Wednesday reported 61 new cases since late last week, in what would make this the nation'
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They Defied NYC's Vaccination Order. Now, Consequences

Parents of 3 kids could face $1K fines

(Newser) - Parents of three children from separate Brooklyn households found to be in violation of a mandatory measles vaccination order face the first fines over such a case in at least a century, reports the Washington Post . New York City health officials issued summonses to the parents Thursday after finding the... More »

Measles Scare Just Became a Little Too Real at Google

A worker at company headquarters is diagnosed with the infectious disease

(Newser) - Google employees themselves may be Googling information about measles after a warning from the company and Santa Clara County. It seems a Google worker who was at company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on April 4 has been diagnosed with measles, reports BuzzFeed News . A company physician sent out a... More »

Parents Sue Over Vaccinations; Measles Cases Rise Sharply

Group tries to block New York emergency order

(Newser) - A group of Brooklyn parents has sued the city's health department to block its its order making vaccinations mandatory, even as federal health officials reported the biggest increase this year in measles cases across the country. The parents say the emergency order last week violates their religious beliefs, the... More »

Measles Outbreak Kills 1,200

Parents line up to get their children vaccinated

(Newser) - Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children against a measles outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in Madagascar, the AP reports, where many are desperately poor. The island nation faces its largest measles outbreak in history, with cases... More »

On Island Nation, Measles Has Killed 1.2K

Madagascar has faced more than 115K cases since outbreak began in September

(Newser) - Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children. They fear a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people as Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, but the AP reports that... More »

NYC Declares Emergency, Requires Measles Vaccinations

Move applies to parts of Brooklyn as outbreak worsens

(Newser) - New York City is no longer merely suggesting that people get vaccinated for the measles—it's requiring them to do so in parts of Brooklyn. Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency amid a worsening outbreak and said unvaccinated people in certain zip codes of Williamsburg, Brooklyn,... More »

Measles Cases Take Big Jump in One Week

Number jumps from 387 to 465, closing in on highest total in 20 years

(Newser) - The US seems to be moving toward an unwanted milestone. The CDC said Monday it has confirmed 465 cases of measles so far in 2019—a sharp jump from the 387 reported only last week, notes USA Today . This year already has seen the second-highest number of cases since 2000,... More »

New York County Bans Unvaccinated Kids From Public Places

Rockland County declares emergency

(Newser) - Measles cases are spiking in the US , and one area is taking a big stand: New York's Rockland County has declared a state of emergency over an outbreak that has seen 153 cases since October, and is banning unvaccinated minors from public places. Anyone under 18 who has not... More »

Anti-Vax Repercussions: More Measles, CDC Says

US has 314 cases documented so far this year, not far behind the 372 cases in all of 2018

(Newser) - Last year, there were 372 cases of measles reported in the US, the second-highest number in more than 20 years—which is why this year's numbers just through the first three months have health officials concerned. The CDC notes that between Jan. 1 and March 21, 314 measles cases... More »

Parents Fight 'Irrational' Rule on Measles, Judge Pushes Back

NY officials say 'exclusion order' stops spread of disease; judge agrees

(Newser) - No measles cases have been confirmed at the Green Meadow Waldorf School—and health officials in Rockland County, NY, where there's been an "unprecedented" outbreak, want to keep it that way. A federal judge agreed Tuesday, denying a request by parents of more than three dozen unvaccinated kids... More »

Man Busted for Breaking Quarantine to Squeeze In a Workout

Wisconsin's Jeffery Murawski allegedly was 'going crazy' during measles mandate

(Newser) - Possible contagious disease be damned—some people just can't miss shoulder day. NBC News reports on charges filed last month against Wisconsin man Jeffery Murawski, who'd been quarantined for measles in his Brookfield home last year but allegedly broke that quarantine to go to Gold's Gym. ABC... More »

This Country Was Done With Measles. Then the Boy Arrived

5-year-old French tourist in the country has the disease

(Newser) - A French family arrived in Costa Rica last Monday and put an end to Costa Rica's measles-free status: No citizen there has contracted the disease since 2006, and the last time a foreigner brought it to the country was in 2014. The Independent reports that a 5-year-old boy was... More »

Measles Patient Passed Through Busy Airport, ER

If you were in Chicago's Midway Airport on Feb. 22, you might want to read this

(Newser) - A person who visited a Chicago airport and hospital last week had the measles, the Illinois Department of Public Health says—meaning those who were in the same locations at the same time could possibly be infected. The Chicago Tribune reports that the unidentified Illinois resident came in to Midway... More »

Family's Trip to Vietnam Leaves Unpleasant Souvenir

Canadian dad of 3 boys showing measles symptoms said they weren't vaccinated

(Newser) - A Canadian father now realizes that a long-held belief isn't true, but that hasn't stopped his three sons from ending up in the middle of a measles outbreak in Vancouver. Emmanuel Bilodeau tells the CBC that when his children were born more than a decade ago, he and... More »

Facebook Considers Change as Measles Cases Spread

Anti-vaccination content could be toned down

(Newser) - With cases of the measles spreading in Washington state, Facebook says it will try to reduce the spread of misinformation about health, especially vaccinations, on its platform. Facebook tells USA Today it is looking into making anti-vaccination content less visible and has "taken steps" to reduce false health news... More »

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