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Measles tops the list - Five notable disease outbreaks of 2019

Some diseases have been around since antiquity, while others are relatively new. But this year, the germs roared back with a vengeance. Here's a look at the most notable disease outbreaks of 2019.

No reprieve as Samoa measles death toll hits 70

Apia - A devastating measles outbreak continued to spread in Samoa, data released Monday showed, as the death toll from the epidemic climbed to 70, mostly young children.

Anti-vaxxer arrested as Samoa battles measles epidemic

Wellington - Samoan authorities warned Friday that anti-vaccine propaganda would not be tolerated, after a social media campaigner was arrested for opposing a mass immunisation drive aimed at containing the Pacific nation's deadly measles epidemic.

UN says online anti-vaxxers fuelling Samoa measles deaths

Wellington - Social media giants must crack down on anti-vaccination posts that are fuelling Samoa's deadly measles epidemic from afar, UNICEF's Pacific islands chief said Thursday.

Samoa shuts down in unprecedented battle against measles crisis

Wellington - Samoa entered a two-day lockdown Thursday to carry out an unprecedented mass vaccination drive aimed at containing a devastating measles epidemic that has killed dozens of children in the Pacific island nation.

WHO warns measles resurgent as Samoa deaths rise

Wellington - The World Health Organisation warned of a "slide back" in global efforts to eliminate measles Tuesday, as the death toll from an outbreak that has killed dozens of children in Samoa continued to climb.

Government shutdown in Samoa amid 'cruel' measles outbreak

Wellington - Samoa ordered a government shutdown to help combat a devastating measles outbreak Monday, as five more children succumbed to the virus, lifting the death toll in the tiny Pacific nation to 53.

Fears for infants in Samoa as measles deaths mount

Wellington - Measles infections continued to climb steeply in Samoa Thursday as a mass vaccination programme fails to reach the infants most vulnerable to the deadly epidemic.

More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year: WHO

Geneva - Measles has killed more than 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since January -- more than double the toll in the country's Ebola epidemic -- the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Measles outbreaks worldwide increased 300 percent in 2019

Measles outbreaks worldwide showed a substantial jump in the number of cases, increasing 300 percent over the previous year. In the first three months of the year, over 110,000 cases were reported globally.

Death toll from Samoa measles epidemic reaches 25

Wellington - A measles epidemic in Samoa has now claimed 25 lives, with children bearing the brunt of the deadly outbreak, official data in the Pacific island nation showed Monday.

Samoa makes measles vaccine mandatory to stop deadly outbreak

Wellington - Samoa finalised plans for a compulsory measles vaccination programme Monday, after declaring a state of emergency as a deadly epidemic sweeps the Pacific nation.

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.
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A botched measles vaccination campaign has led to the deaths of 15 children in South Sudan.
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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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Measles is preventable, and a well functioning routine vaccination program should prevent epidemics.
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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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Child receiving a measles vaccination.
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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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