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News & Views: Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus
Posted on May 15, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ID Lesson5-5, ID Unit5, Infectious Disease | | Add comment |

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It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: Scientists crack a 50-year-old mystery about the measles vaccine
Posted on May 14, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ID Unit5, Infectious Disease | | Add comment |

Worth a little pain? Back in 1990, a school boy got a measles shot in the U.K. and it turns out he got protection from more than just the measles.Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images

When the U.S. introduced the measles vaccine, childhood deaths from all infections plummeted. Scientists think they might know why: Benefits of the measles vaccine go way beyond the measles.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: Vaccination gaps helped fuel Disneyland measles spread
Posted on March 18, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ID Lesson5-6, Infectious Disease | | Add comment |

DisneylandCredit: George Frey/Landov

The quick rise of measles infections in the wake of cases reported among Disneyland visitors underscores how even a small dip in vaccination rates can allow the virus to spread.

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News & Views: Disneyland measles outbreak stirs vaccine debate
Posted on January 20, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ID Unit5, Infectious Disease, Uncategorized | | Add comment |

health official speculate that an internationl visitor to Disneyland California Adventure Park and Disneyland must have spread measles there

A measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has nearly doubled in size since last week with 45 reported cases in California and seven more illnesses confirmed in at least three other states and Mexico. A contagious disease expert contends that the recent spread of measles is being fueled by a portion of parents who refused to vaccinate their children — an estimated one in 10 people today is perhaps susceptible to the virus.

Measles is very infectious because it spreads through the air, so you can catch it by standing next to someone who is infected. Initial measles symptoms include fever, cough, running nose and red eyes. After a few days, a red rash appears on the face and then spreads downward to the rest of the body. Measles can be serious and even fatal for small children.

Read more at NBCNews.com.

News and Views: Legal Snarl For Vaccination Reform
Posted on November 14, 2013 by Jane Newbold | Categories: ID Lesson5-6, ID Unit5, Infectious Disease, News, Uncategorized | | Add comment |

Snapshot closeup of new CA vaccine exemption form with unexpected religious exemption box highlighted
Closeup of new California ‘Vaccine Exemption’ form with the religious exemption option highlighted.

NPR has the story of How A California Law To Encourage Vaccination Could Backfire. A new form intended to require all parents to talk through vaccination risks and benefits with a health care provider before exempting their children includes an unexpected exemption of its own – one that challenges the law itself.