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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 14, 2019.

How Much Worse Could This Measles Outbreak Get?

How Much Worse Could This Measles Outbreak Get?

As of this week, there have been 695 cases of measles in the U.S. across more than 20 states this year—the highest annual toll seen since the disease was declared extinguished in the U.S. in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given that it’s only April and we’ve already broken a yearly record, it’s worth wondering: Just how much worse could things get?

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 14, 2019.

County Bans Unvaccinated Minors from Entering Public Spaces, a First in the U.S.

County Bans Unvaccinated Minors from Entering Public Spaces, a First in the U.S.

Rockland County, New York is taking a drastic step to curtail its ongoing outbreak of measles. On Tuesday, Rockland County executive Ed Day announced a ban on minors unvaccinated for measles from entering public spaces like restaurants for a month. Though immunization statuses will not be actively tracked by police, the parents of children caught flouting the order face the risk of possible...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 14, 2019.

44 Cases of Measles Confirmed in Washington State Amid Ongoing Outbreak

44 Cases of Measles Confirmed in Washington State Amid Ongoing Outbreak

The measles outbreak that led Washington Governor Jay Inslee to declare a public health emergency last month has worsened, with a dozen more cases of the highly contagious virus confirmed since.

The number of measles cases in the state has risen to 44, per the Washington State Department of Health, with 43 confirmed cases and an additional eight suspected cases in Clark County where the...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 14, 2019.

New Maine Law Ends Non-Medical Excuses for Avoiding Vaccination

New Maine Law Ends Non-Medical Excuses for Avoiding Vaccination

The state of Maine has joined California, West Virginia, and Mississippi in barring the use of religious and philosophical exemptions to opt out of school immunization requirements.

Governor Janet Mills signed the bill on Friday after it was narrowly passed by state legislators last week. The state senate voted to approve the bill in a 19-16 vote on Thursday. The state house passed the bill in...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019. 20 comments

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a suit brought by 55 families attempting to block the state’s recently passed law “eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs,” Ars Technica reported.

New York is the state hardest hit this year by outbreaks of measles, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 13, 2019.

Public Health Experts Call for Aggressive, Global Push Against Antivaxxers

Public Health Experts Call for Aggressive, Global Push Against Antivaxxers

Public health experts are fed up with the anti-vaccination movement, which is most recently behind a surge of the completely preventable disease measles in the U.S. this year. So much so that a group of them has decided to issue a statement calling for institutions around the world—from search engines and social media outlets to governments—to forcibly rein them in.

Crafted by some of the most...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 12, 2019.

New York Will No Longer Allow Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons Amid Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

New York Will No Longer Allow Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons Amid Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

New York lawmakers voted on Thursday to repeal vaccine exemptions for religious reasons in school-age children as the state continues to battle ongoing measles outbreaks.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation to bar the non-medical exemptions “minutes” after it was approved by the state legislature, the Associated Press reported Thursday, and it will go into effect immediately. The...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 12, 2019.

Measles Cases in 2019 Have Hit a 25-Year High Amid Ongoing Outbreaks, CDC Says

Measles Cases in 2019 Have Hit a 25-Year High Amid Ongoing Outbreaks, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said that measles cases hit a higher number this year than has been reported since 1994. If the outbreaks continue as they are, the health agency says it could cost the U.S. its elimination status.

As of Thursday, the agency said, there have been 971 measles cases reported since the start of the year. CDC Director Robert Redfield said...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 10, 2019.

UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

NHS England chief Simon Stevens is among the many officials publicly addressing the wave of social media campaigns spreading dangerous misinformation about vaccinations amid ongoing preventable outbreaks .

Speaking at a health summit on Friday, Stevens cited YouTube as well as Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp as among the platforms on which anti-vaxxers are spreading what he said was...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 06, 2019. 9 comments

CDC Says Measles Cases in U.S. Have Now Reached Over 1,000 So Far in 2019

CDC Says Measles Cases in U.S. Have Now Reached Over 1,000 So Far in 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that 1,001 cases of measles have been reported so far in the U.S. throughout 2019.

That number is all but certain to continue climbing in the second half of the year. Last week, the CDC warned that U.S. measles cases had reached a 25-year high —with more measles infections reported than any year since 1994, when 958 cases...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck May 26, 2019. 10 comments

Health Officials Reportedly Threatened Air Travel Ban for Individuals With Measles

Health Officials Reportedly Threatened Air Travel Ban for Individuals With Measles

Eight individuals thought to be infected with measles reportedly canceled their air travel plans after they learned they could be placed under a health-related travel ban.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the individuals were cooperative after they were informed by health officials they could be placed on a Do Not Board List managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

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Ed Cara Ed Cara May 10, 2019. 13 comments

These Are the U.S. Counties Where Measles Could Strike Next

These Are the U.S. Counties Where Measles Could Strike Next

Like every single live-action Disney movie out this year, measles is making the comeback no one asked for. Already, there have been more than 700 cases of the viral and vaccine-preventable disease reported in the U.S. this year—a record high since it was eradicated in the country nearly 20 years ago.

Things could get much worse , though. And according to new research published Thursday, there...

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Melanie Ehrenkranz Melanie Ehrenkranz May 02, 2019. 14 comments

Scientology's Flagship Boat Has Been Quarantined After a Confirmed Case of the Measles

Scientology's Flagship Boat Has Been Quarantined After a Confirmed Case of the Measles

A ship owned by the Church of Scientology that serves as a critical vessel for a religious retreat has been quarantined in the island nation of St. Lucia after it was confirmed that a female crew member aboard had contracted the measles.

“After internal discussions as well as discussions with external health agencies such as the Pan American Health Organization we thought it prudent that we...

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Melanie Ehrenkranz Melanie Ehrenkranz May 02, 2019. 19 comments

Officials Warn That Midnight Audience for Avengers: Endgame May Have Been Exposed to Measles

Officials Warn That Midnight Audience for Avengers: Endgame May Have Been Exposed to Measles

More than 700 cases of the measles have been reported in the United States this year, according to federal health officials, with hundreds in quarantine. It’s been characterized as the largest outbreak of the preventable disease since 2000, the year that it was declared eliminated from the country. But it’s continuing to spread, and authorities are warning that the first known patient in...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 30, 2019. 17 comments

Trump's Health Secretary Praises Trump for Opening Up 'Debate' on Vaccines That Is 'Settled' Now

Trump's Health Secretary Praises Trump for Opening Up 'Debate' on Vaccines That Is 'Settled' Now

The nation’s top health official, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, praised his boss Donald Trump on Monday for supposedly contributing to some kind of scientific “debate” about whether vaccines cause autism (they do not) and that it is now “settled” and Trump deserves even more credit for changing his mind (literally the least he could do).

Per Politico, Azar told reporters...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 29, 2019.

Avengers: Endgame, Dark Matter, and a Fake Bear Not Named Ron: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Avengers: Endgame, Dark Matter, and a Fake Bear Not Named Ron: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s nearly May, and you know what that means: Game of Thrones will be ending, Divination Bot will soon return to haunt your sleep with machine-generated nightmares, and the weather will be much less depressing.

But before you brush off April 2019 like all the other months you’ve left behind in your rush to the grave, do check out Gizmodo’s best content of the past week. Our team of editors...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Apr 26, 2019. 22 comments

People Born Before 1989 May Need Another Measles Vaccine

People Born Before 1989 May Need Another Measles Vaccine

The U.S. is in the middle of the worst outbreak of measles since the disease was eradicated from the country in 2000. But while the majority of victims are children whose parents decided not to vaccinate them or people who have chosen to go unvaccinated, even some people who got the measles vaccine as children might still be at real risk, depending on their age.

Earlier this month, Israeli...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 25, 2019. 18 comments

Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers: 2019 Is Already a Record-Breaking Year for Measles, CDC Says

Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers: 2019 Is Already a Record-Breaking Year for Measles, CDC Says

Measles is having a big year: According to the Washington Post, the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 695 reported cases of measles in 22 states across the U.S. so far in 2019. That’s the largest number on record since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. at the turn of the century.

2000 was the year that health authorities declared measles effectively eliminated across the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 17, 2019. 21 comments

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

A group of five unnamed mothers are suing the city of New York, trying to get it to block a mandatory measles-mumps-rubella vaccination order city officials ordered earlier this month in specific ZIP codes in Brooklyn amid a major measles outbreak.

The city health department said that it would enforce the order by checking vaccination records and tracking down individuals who have been in...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Apr 10, 2019. 23 comments

New York City Orders Williamsburg Residents to Get Vaccinated for Measles or Face $1,000 Fine

New York City Orders Williamsburg Residents to Get Vaccinated for Measles or Face $1,000 Fine

If using the law to corral antivaxxers doesn’t work at first, try, try again. At least, that seems to be the lesson learned by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. On Tuesday, he declared a state of emergency and mandated residents of the Williamsburg neighborhood, where an outbreak of measles has been raging since last fall, get vaccinated for the viral disease. Those who choose not to will...

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