Midnight In The Desert — measles

Thanks, anti-vaxxers: Measles is on the rise in Europe

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Thanks, anti-vaxxers: Measles is on the rise in Europe

Before the measles vaccine existed, 9 out of every 10 kids got the disease before age 15. Two million people died from it every year. It’s easy for most of us to forget that, because we’ve had an effective measles vaccine since 1960. Measles is so infectious that it spreads to 90 percent of those who come in contact with an infected person, though symptoms don’t occur until at least a week later. It starts with the usual: a fever, a cough, a runny nose. A few days later, you develop little white spots inside your mouth. The rash begins...

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Six cases of measles confirmed in Tennessee outbreak.

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Six cases of measles confirmed in Tennessee outbreak.

Public Health officials in Shelby County, Tennessee today confirmed six cases of measles in the county, up from two last Friday. Victims of the measles outbreak are "widely diverse" in terms of age, gender and where they live, authorities said. In case you haven't had measles and don't know from your own experience, getting "the measles" makes you super super sick with a high fever, an intolerance to light, muscle aches, symptoms that are like cold or flu, and your skin peels. That's if your one of the lucky ones who don't go on to develop life-threatening complications or secondary...

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Measles Are Back: Key Q and A on Disease, Vaccinations

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Measles Are Back: Key Q and A on Disease, Vaccinations

The battle against measles in the United States was considered won 15 years ago. Starting in 2000, virtually all new cases of measles came from abroad, and the disease was no longer regularly seen in the U.S. But around 60 people have contracted measles in the U.S. since just last month—most of them at two Disney theme parks in California. Parents of children that are too young to be vaccinated are being told to avoid those parks, and the state's department of health is warning other Californians who are unvaccinated to avoid public places that might draw international travelers. The...

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