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2009-09-24 13:37:21

Following vaccination programs, reported measles cases decreased to a historic low of 32,278 in 2008 in Africa, government health officials said. However, measles outbreaks continue to occur in the World Health Organization African region, suggesting continued efforts are needed to fully implement the recommended strategies in order to sustain recent gains, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report said Thursday. In 2001, the countries of the WHO...

2009-04-17 15:04:00

American Red Cross, UN Foundation site trends indicating measles risk remains high WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent measles cases in four states - California, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Iowa - highlight the growing number of unvaccinated adults and children living in the United States as well as the need to control the global spread of the disease. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) While this highly-contagious virus was eliminated from...

2009-04-14 23:18:35

Health officials in Maryland say four people have been diagnosed with measles in the state's first outbreak since 2001. Three of the four cases are linked to a Montgomery County man who contracted measles outside the United States in February, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Health officials said most recent measles outbreaks occur in foreign-born residents who have never been immunized. Immigrants seeking citizenship and children starting school must show proof of measles vaccination,...

2009-02-06 11:11:14

Britain could face a measles epidemic because of parental reluctance to use the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, health officials said. There were 1,348 measles cases last year in England and Wales, up from 990 in 2007, The Daily Mail reported Friday. The newspaper said the decline in vaccinations is attributed to unfounded concerns the MMR vaccine may be linked to autism. Britain's Health Protection Agency said there is a very real chance of an epidemic of measles. Measles should not be...

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2009-02-02 11:25:00

A World Health Organization (WHO) study published on Monday said, more children in Germany must be vaccinated against measles to prevent another widespread outbreak.Three years ago, over 12,000 people were infected with measles in Germany, Romania, Britain, Switzerland and Italy in an unusual epidemic caused by low immunization rates against the contagious viral disease."The 2006 measles outbreak must be regarded as a wake-up call," experts from Berlin\'s Robert Koch Institute and two German...

2009-01-12 14:56:22

Measles persists as a health problem in Europe, largely because too few children are being properly vaccinated, a European Union study said. The disease -- whose symptoms include a four-day fever accompanied by a cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis, or pink eye -- will probably not be eliminated next year as health officials hoped, the study in the medical journal The Lancet said. The study by Denmark's Statens Serum Institut for the EU's European Commission found 12,132 measles cases in...

2008-11-29 11:49:03

Cases of measles in England and Wales are at their highest level since 1995, prompting fears of an epidemic, healthcare experts say. The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that vaccination rates for the last decade have been too low to prevent outbreaks of the disease. The newspaper said cases of measles are highest in the children who were not vaccinated as babies and are now starting secondary school. So far this year, there have been 1,049 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales....

2008-08-23 03:00:09

ATLANTA - The number of measles cases in the U.S. is at its highest level since 1997, and nearly half of those involve children whose parents rejected vaccination, government health officials reported Thursday. The number of cases is still small, just 131, but that's just for the first seven months of the year, and doctors are troubled by the trend. There were only 42 cases for all of last year. None of the 131 patients died, but 15 were hospitalized. Measles, best known for a red...

2008-08-22 12:00:52

Most of the people who contracted measles in two recent U.S. outbreaks hadn't been vaccinated, federal health officials said. Among those measles cases reported during the first seven months of 2008, 76 percent occurred in those under the age of 20 and 91 percent occurred in those who hadn't been vaccinated or were of unknown vaccination status, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The report updates an earlier report on measles in the United States in 2008...

2008-08-22 09:00:10

The Associated Press ATLANTA Measles cases in the United States are at the highest level in more than a decade, with nearly half of those involving children whose parents rejected vaccination, health officials reported Thursday. Doctors are troubled by the trend fueled by fears that vaccines may cause autism. The number of cases is small - 131 - but that's only for the first seven months of the year. There were 42 for all of last year. "We're seeing a lot more spread," said Dr. Jane...