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Samoa ends measles emergency

The South Pacific island nation of Samoa has lifted a six week-state of emergency after the infection rate from a measles outbreak that swept the country started to come under control. Samoa’s island population of just 200,000 has been gripped by the highly infectious disease, which has killed 81 people, most of them babies and… Read More »

Harvard’s Barry Bloom and Juliette Kayyem discuss measles outbreak

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but by early June, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,022 cases in 28 states, the most since 1992. The disease is occurring in clusters of unvaccinated people who, for religious, personal, or medical reasons, have refused to be vaccinated or to have… Read More »

Dear Dr Nina: ‘What’s the risk to my sister’s baby of catching the measles? She is currently breastfeeding’

Q: My sister has just had a baby and lives abroad. She intended to travel back to Ireland as soon as she got her child’s passport, but now she is terrified of her baby catching the measles due to all the media stories of people not vaccinating their children. I believe children are not vaccinated… Read More »