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Four European states lose measles eradication status as cases soar: WHO

Copenhagen - Measles cases are skyrocketing in Europe and the disease is surging in four countries previously considered to have eliminated it, including the UK, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday, urging countries to step up vaccination efforts.

Anti-vaccine parents protest amid Ukraine measles outbreak

Kiev - Around 200 anti-vaccine protesters rallied in central Kiev Thursday after authorities threatened to ban unvaccinated children from schools in Ukraine, which has been hit by a deadly measles outbreak.

Israeli dies after contracting measles on flight from New York

Jerusalem - An Israeli flight attendant has died months after contracting measles on a flight from New York to Tel Aviv, Israel's health ministry and local media said Wednesday.

DR Congo fears 1,500 dead from measles epidemic

Apo - Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have declared an epidemic of measles which may have killed 1,500 people, according to statistical analysis.

Fight vaccine hesitancy as 'contagious disease', UN meeting told

Geneva - Faced with a global resurgence of measles, health experts called Tuesday for countries to step up the fight against vaccine resistance, warning the movement was spreading like a contagious disease.

Study urges mandatory measles jabs as cases surge

Paris - Vaccination against measles should be mandatory for children before they start school in order to prevent future outbreaks of the resurgent disease, according to new analysis released Friday.

Passengers likely off measles-hit ship this week: Curacao official

Passengers confined to a Church of Scientology cruise ship after a crew member came down with measles could be permitted to disembark in Curacao as early as Tuesday, health authorities said.

Curacao vows to stop measles spreading from Scientology ship

The Dutch territory of Curacao said Saturday it would do what was needed to prevent measles spreading from a Scientology cruise ship, after a crew member came down with the disease.The Freewinds, which left the Caribbean island of St.

Scientology cruise ship quarantined in Caribbean after measles case

Saint John's - A cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology has been quarantined in Saint Lucia for two days because of a measles case, health authorities on the Caribbean island said Thursday.

Dozens quarantined in California after measles exposure

Los Angeles - Dozens of people at two California universities have been quarantined as US health officials battle to stop the spread of a nationwide measles outbreak, authorities said Thursday.

US health officials seek to stem measles outbreaks traced to Israel, Ukraine

Washington - The origins of the measles outbreak in the United States are not a mystery.

Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year: WHO

Geneva - Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year: WHO

Geneva - Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

On the Sahara's edge, the fight to protect children against measles

Geneina - Dinar Tchere is fighting time and the sun, and he fears he may be losing.This morning, the health worker is expected in a remote village of eastern Chad, where he will administer the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to poor children.

Australia ramps up measles warnings as cases jump

Sydney - Australia on Monday launched a major education campaign to encourage its residents, particularly those travelling overseas, to get vaccinated against measles as a sudden spike in cases amid a global resurgence causes alarm.

Hundreds vaccinated after measles emergency in New York

New York - A New York county which declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak is on the "right path" after administering hundreds of vaccinations in two days, the chief of the US district said on Friday.

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

- Frangeline is aged two but weighs no more than a four-month-old -- the terrible result of her battle with measles, which is cutting a deadly swathe through Madagascar.

UN warns of 'complacency' as measles cases soar worldwide

Paris - Just 10 countries were responsible for three-quarters of a global surge in measles cases last year, the UN children's agency said Friday, including one of the world's richest nations, France.

Kiev reports first measles death as cases soar

Kiev - Ukraine's capital has seen its first death from measles in a major outbreak, the health ministry said Monday.A 57-year-old woman died in hospital of complications from the highly infectious illness, health ministry spokeswoman Maryna Dadinova told AFP....

Call on Facebook to remove anti-vaccine information

Messages, much of it wrapped up in a jacket of pseudo-science, calling on parents not to vaccinate their children have been appearing at a high-frequency on Facebook. Signs are that Facebook will take action to remove this type of fake news.

Measles outbreak hits Val-Thorens ski resort in French Alps

Lyon - French health authorities warned Friday of a surge in measles cases at the Val-Thorens ski resort, one of the highest in the Alps and a popular destination for both French and foreign tourists.

Measles cases soar in Brazil, Venezuela: UN agency

Washington - The Pan-American Health Organization on Friday reported a big jump in measles cases in the Americas this year, with Brazil surpassing crisis-hit Venezuela as the nation with the most confirmed cases.

Measles cases rise 30 percent worldwide: UN

Geneva - Measles cases worldwide jumped more than 30 percent last year compared to 2016, with increases recorded in wealthy European countries like Germany where vaccination coverage has historically been high, the UN said Thursday.

In Romania, distrust of vaccines kills

Bucharest - Measles still claims young lives in Romania, where nearly 40 children have died in an outbreak that many blame on parents being misled by scare stories that vaccinating them is dangerous.

Serbia probes vaccination opponents amid measles outbreak

Belgrade - Serbian authorities said Tuesday they have launched an initial investigation of some public opponents of vaccination after 12 people, including two children, have died in an outbreak of measles.

Ukraine parents overcome jab fears amid deadly measles outbreak

Kiev - Schools have shuttered and some clinics exhausted their vaccine stocks as a deadly measles outbreak hits Ukraine, where anti-vaccine sentiment and interrupted supplies have led to a resurgence of the virus.

WHO warns of measles outbreak across Europe

Stockholm - The World Health Organization warned Tuesday of large measles outbreaks in countries where immunisation has dropped, after more than 500 cases of the highly contagious disease were reported across Europe in January.

Measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children

Bucharest - A measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children and infected thousands more since September due to poverty and an anti-vaccination movement, local media reported Saturday.

Measles outbreak strikes LA's Orthodox Jewish community

Los Angeles - A measles outbreak has infected at least 18 people in the Los Angeles area, health officials said, noting that most of those affected could show no proof of vaccination.

California school closes after student comes down with measles

San Francisco - Nevada County health officials want to find anyone who came in contact with a charter school student who has been diagnosed with measles after an overseas trip.
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Child receiving a measles vaccination.
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The MMR vaccine can protect against mumps  measles  and rubella.
The MMR vaccine can protect against mumps, measles, and rubella.
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A botched measles vaccination campaign has led to the deaths of 15 children in South Sudan.
A botched measles vaccination campaign has led to the deaths of 15 children in South Sudan.
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Ear Chair: Disneyland visitors sit atop Mickey Mouse ears that support a park bench at the Southern ...
Ear Chair: Disneyland visitors sit atop Mickey Mouse ears that support a park bench at the Southern California theme park.
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This child with measles is showing the characteristic red blotchy rash on his buttocks and back duri...
This child with measles is showing the characteristic red blotchy rash on his buttocks and back during the 3rd day of the rash.
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File photo: A young girl watches closely as a nurse administers an intramuscular immunization in her left shoulder in 2006 in a photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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FANTASY: Tourists visit Toontown at Disneyland in Southern California. State officials say a measles...
FANTASY: Tourists visit Toontown at Disneyland in Southern California. State officials say a measles outbreak that sickened dozens at the park in September and January is over.
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This patient presented on the third pre-eruptive day with “Koplik spots” indicative of the begin...
This patient presented on the third pre-eruptive day with “Koplik spots” indicative of the beginning onset of measles. In the prodromal or beginning stages, one of the signs of the onset of measles is the eruption of “Koplik spots” on the mucosa of the cheeks and tongue, which appear as irregularly-shaped, bright red spots often with a bluish-white central dot.
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