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 […]

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 Outbreak Continues in Oregon and Washington, With One New Case Reported Daily

An outbreak of measles that began in January in southern Washington state has risen to 79 cases throughout Washington and Oregon, according to the Oregonian. In late January, health officials in Washington’s Clark County, which sits north of Portland, Ore., reported that 22 people had been infected with measles in the city of Vancouver, Wash., […]

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 […]