Facebook Takes on Epidemics With New Disease Prevention Maps

Facebook wants to help fight infectious diseases like measles by introducing maps that health organizations can use to prevent and respond to outbreaks. The disease prevention maps, which debuted Monday, provide detailed information such as population density, the movement of people in real time, and network connectivity across regions. The point is to give researchers […]

Heavy Fines and Kindergarten Bans: Measles Vaccination Campaigns Are Escalating in Europe

Germany may adopt the strictest stance on measles vaccines in Western Europe–and certainly one that goes beyond current requirements in most of the United States. On Sunday, German Health Minister Jens Spahn proposed a new law that would see parents fined up to EUR2,500 ($2,800) for failing to vaccinate their children against measles. Unvaccinated kids […]

Measles Cases Jump 20% in One Week

The number of people confirmed with the measles jumped roughly 20% between April 4 and April 11, making 2019 the second highest-number of cases reported since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there have been 555 individual confirmed cases of measles since the start […]

Measles Outbreak Prompts One New York County to Ban Unvaccinated Children From Public Spaces

A county in upstate New York has taken the unprecedented step to ban unvaccinated children from public places following a measles outbreak. Rockland County, which is about 40 miles north of New York City, said on Tuesday that children under 18 years of age who haven’t been vaccinated against the measles cannot attend any public […]

Measles Outbreaks Nearing Levels Not Seen Since 1992. Anti-Vax Propaganda Is Partly to Blame

In just the first two months of 2019, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 206 individual confirmed cases of measles. According to data analysis from the Washington Post, reported cases of the infectious virus in January and February alone put 2019 on track to be the worst year for measles […]

Shock Rise in Global Measles Cases ‘A Wake up Call,’ Says United Nations

Global measles cases increased by almost 50% from 2017 to 2018, UNICEF says, with 10 countries accounting for nearly three-quarters of that surge. Using data from the World Health Organization, the U.N. Children’s Fund found these countries had the highest incidences of measles in 2018: Ukraine: 30,338 cases Philippines: 13,192 Brazil: 10,262 Yemen: 6,641 Venezuela: […]

FDA Chief Warns States to Reduce Vaccine Exemptions—or the Feds May Step In

As measles outbreaks continue to impact communities across the United States, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, told Axios that states must act to reduce vaccine exemptions, or the federal government will be forced to do so. Gottlieb was not specific about what actions federal regulators could or would […]