CDC issues rubella travel alerts for Japan and Poland

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel alerts for Japan and Poland following the increased number of reported rubella cases in both countries. The Level 2 alert cautions travelers to practice enhanced precaution, giving important information especially to susceptible pregnant women. As of May 29, 2013, over 8,500 laboratory-confirmed rubella cases have … Continue reading

Measles in the Western Pacific Region: progress towards elimination, 2009 – 2012

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The Western Pacific Region’s success in measles incidence reaching a historic low, decreasing by 83% from 34.0 to 5.9 cases per million population, is the highlight of a new progress report published in WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Record and the CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report. The report also states that additional efforts are needed to … Continue reading

CDC & Gates Foundation welcome renowned illustrator Sophie Blackall

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In honor of World Immunization Week, the CDC and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation each highlighted the importance of stopping measles by welcoming the talented illustrator Sophie Blackall to open ‘Let Every Child Have a Name:  The Road to a World Without Measles’. The exhibit was inspired by Ms. Blackall’s trip to the Democratic Republic of the … Continue reading

News about a disease that should no longer exist

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Measles shouldn’t be making the news anymore. Why? Because the disease shouldn’t really even exist. Many experts agree that if most people were fully vaccinated against measles it could be eradicated from earth. As the media widely reported this week, measles outbreaks are increasing and even the United States and Canada are battling the biggest measles … Continue reading

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