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Thanks to anti-vaxxers, a measles travel ban may be coming 

 

As any armchair epidemiologist can tell you, it’s really, really easy to spread disease through air travel. Now as measles become the hot new trend of 2019, health officials and federal authorities are considering banning people exposed to the measles from flying in the hopes of fighting the spread of the virus, which was declared eliminated in 2000.

Eight people across the country have “voluntarily” canceled their travel plans in lieu of being placed on a federal do-not-board list maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which would prevent them from stepping foot on a plane, the Washington Post reported. The eight individuals were either confirmed to be infected or had a high probability of having the disease (Read: They weren’t vaccinated and hung out with someone who had the measles).

Fast Company

Measles : What you need to know before flying...

Maine bars residents from opting out of immunizations for religious or philosophical reasons

Tags: Awareness, Ban, Contagion, Environment, Fighting Back, Health, Outbreak, Politics, Protections, Religion, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Survival, Travel, Treatment, Vaccine, Video

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28-May-2019


5 Dead in Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Connected to Single New Jersey County 

 

Five people have died in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a bacteria-triggered form of pneumonia, that is connected to a single New Jersey county, health officials said Friday.

As of Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Health said it had confirmed 22 total cases of Legionnaires' in people who live in Union County or have visited it. The people got sick between March 8 and May 13; five of the 22 died.

The state says its health officials are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the disease cluster. Health officials wouldn't name a city or city in Union County where the cases have been most prevalent as they work to identify the source of the outbreak.

NBCNY

Tags: Contagion, Death, Disease, Environment, Health, Medical, Outbreak, Safety, Treatment, Warning

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24-May-2019


Pennsylvania declares a statewide hepatitis A outbreak as the US sees a 300% increase in cases across the nation 

 

Pennsylvania health officials have declared an outbreak of hepatitis A that has swept across the state.

Since January 2018, there have been 171 cases reported in 36 counties, the state's Department of Health said on Monday.

More than 60 cases alone have been identified since the start of 2019, Nate Wardle, a spokesperson for the Department of Health, told DailyMail.com

It comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that there were 300 percent more cases across the US between 2016 and 2018 than the previous three-year period.

Daily Mail

U.S. measles outbreak spreads to Maine, 25th state to report case

The anti-vaxx movement is fueling the measles epidemic by deliberately targeting communities most affected by the disease

Tags: Awareness, Contagion, Disease, Environment, Germs, Health, Illness, Outbreak, Vaccine, Warning

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22-May-2019


A pastor reportedly gave ‘miracle water’ to Ugandans. It was bleach. 

 

An American pastor has been accused of distributing a poisonous “miracle drink” to thousands of Ugandans, including infants, according to a report by the Guardian.

Robert Baldwin — founder of a Christian nonprofit based in New Jersey — was providing a bogus “miracle cure” to almost 50,000 Ugandans, according to the outlet’s original reporting. In conjunction with Sam Little, a supposed British clairvoyant, Baldwin was promoting the substance as a cure for many diseases, including cancer, malaria and HIV/AIDS.

The cure? Known as “miracle mineral solution,” or MMS, the substance consists of sodium chlorite and citric acid, which combine to create chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach. The U.S. Embassy in Kampala on Monday condemned the distribution of the substance.

In an interview with NJ Advance Media, Baldwin denied distributing the “cure” and said he had to shut down his operations because of the hate coming his way.

Washington Post

Pakistan Doctor Arrested After 400 Children Test Positive for HIV

Tags: Abuse, Backlash, Children, Disease, Employment, Environment, Health, Inhumanity, Interference, Medical, Medicine, Misrepresentation, Outbreak, Poison, Religion, Safety, Training, Treatment, World

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21-May-2019


Measles Cases Soar To 839 Amid Worst Outbreak In 25 Years 

 

The number of confirmed measles cases across the U.S. has reached 839, and the country is experiencing its worst outbreak of the disease since 1994.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that the tally for the year had jumped by 75 within a single week as of May 10, and that the outbreak had affected 23 states.

The crisis is hitting New York the hardest; 66 of the new cases have been reported there, according to CNBC. Forty-one of those were reported in New York City, which in April announced mandatory vaccinations in Brooklyn and declared a public health emergency within parts of the borough.

Huffpost

Dog disease that can be passed to humans confirmed in Iowa

Heart failure in young people is on the rise, according to a startling new study

Tags: Animals, Awareness, Disease, Environment, Health, Nature, Outbreak, Protection, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Study, Vaccine, Warning, Youth

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13-May-2019


Amid Measles Outbreak, Texas Vaccine Exemptions Rise Again for 15th Straight Year 

 

The number of people in the state who chose to not immunize their children for non-medical reasons has jumped this past school year despite a record-breaking measles outbreak in the U.S., according to a Texas Department of Health Services report.

The number of parents who sought exemptions rose 14% in 2018-2019, continuing a 15-year upward trend that public health officials worry leaves communities susceptible to a resurgence of preventable diseases, the Houston Chronicle reported.

NBCDFW

Europe measles outbreak infects 34,000: travel advisory

Tags: Contagion, Disease, Environment, Nature, Outbreak, Population, Protection, Religion, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Study, Superficiality, Treatment, Unity, Vaccine, World

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07-May-2019


Health officials: Arizona sees surge of hepatitis A cases 

 

Arizona is seeing a surge in hepatitis A cases, mostly in the Tucson area but also in metro Phoenix, health officials say.

The outbreak of the viral disease that affects the liver began in November and cases have continued to rise since then despite efforts to step up vaccinations.

ABC News

U.S. measles count continues to climb, driven by New York outbreaks

'How many more people have to die?' Carbon monoxide kills two more in HUD housing

Some middle agers may need measles booster shots

Tags: Carbon Monoxide, Disease, Environment, Health, Medical, Outbreak, Safety, Treatment, Vaccine, Video, Warning

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06-May-2019


The Amount of Poop on San Francisco's Streets Has Hit an All-Time High 

 

For the past decade, San Francisco's streets and sidewalks have been increasingly plagued by piles of human shit—and the poop problem is just getting worse. The city officially put together a so-called "poop patrol" task force back in 2018 to deal with the problem, and some Bay Area tech bro even whipped up an app called "SnapCrap" to help city residents file dookie reports to 311, but it looks like the shit crisis continues.

According to a new report this week from Forbes and non-profit watchdog Open the Books, the city had a whopping 28,084 reports of turds in 2018, up five times from what it was back in 2011. And there are already 6,676 shit sightings on the books in 2019.

Vice

Tags: Environment, Health, Nature, Outbreak, Safety, Toxic, Waste

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22-Apr-2019


Measles nears record in U.S. as cases continue to soar 

 

Health officials have confirmed 71 additional cases of measles in the U.S. bringing the total number of cases in 2019 to 626. This is the second-greatest number of cases in a single year since the disease was eliminated in the United States in 2000.

The current record is the 667 cases reported during all of 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that in the coming weeks, the numbers will surpass 2014 levels.

Outbreaks in New York state are driving up measles case counts. Earlier this month, New York City declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood for people who may have been exposed to the virus. Just north of the city in Rockland County, cases have climbed to nearly 200 since an outbreak began in October.

There are also ongoing measles outbreaks in Washington, New Jersey, and California.

CBS News

Tags: Disease, Environment, Health, Nature, Outbreak, Religion, Science, Survival, Treatment, Unity, Vaccine, Warning

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22-Apr-2019


Public health emergency declared amid Brooklyn measles outbreak 

 

Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to stem an outbreak of measles.

As part of the emergency order, unvaccinated individuals living in selected ZIP codes in the heavily Orthodox Jewish community who may have been exposed to measles will be required to receive the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to help curtail the ongoing outbreak.

“We don’t take these steps lightly,” de Blasio said of the mandatory edict to get vaccinated. “It’s time to protect your family and your community.”

Those who have not received the measles vaccine — or do not have evidence of immunity — could be slapped with a violation and fined $1,000.

NY Post

Tags: Disease, Outbreak, Policy, Political, Protection, Saving The Environment!, Vaccine

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09-Apr-2019


E. coli outbreak sickens 72 people in 5 states, CDC says 

 

Health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 72 people across five states, federal health agencies said Friday.

The reported cases were in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement announcing the outbreak. Eight people have been hospitalized, the CDC added.

The agency is working with the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to investigate the outbreak. They have not yet pinpointed a specific food, grocery store or restaurant chain that's responsible for the infections. As a result, the CDC is not recommending people avoid a particular food.

CNBC

Tags: E. coli, Environment, Health, Medical, Outbreak, Warning

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05-Apr-2019