Measles

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The government of American Samoa declared that the U.S. territory has an outbreak of measles, a move that will lead to the closure of public schools starting Monday and a ban on gatherings in parks.  

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A letter sent out to parents Monday from a Wahiawa elementary school saying a student had the measles was wrong.

State Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo says there is no new reported case of measles in the islands.

She says the false report resulted from parents who believed their pre-kindergarten child had come down with the infectious disease.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said the letter from the Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School was distributed out of an abundance of caution.

The Pacific island nation of Samoa will shut down government services for two days so that civil servants can focus on a nationwide immunization drive as the country struggles to end a measles outbreak that has claimed more than 50 lives, most of them children.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25, all but one of them young children.

The Samoan government closed schools indefinitely Monday as it attempts to quell a measles epidemic that has killed at least six people and hospitalized dozens more. Health officials said the Pacific island nation's low immunization rate is the cause of the outbreak.

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HALIIMAILE — The number of vaccination exemptions at one Hawaii school has grown to include more than half of its students, according to a state report.

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LOS ANGELES — A quarantine order has been issued for students and staff at two Los Angeles universities who may have been exposed to measles and either have not been vaccinated or can't verify that they have immunity.

 

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NEW YORK — Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.

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As you’ve probably heard, there are outbreaks of measles reported in several states and the World Health Organization reports cases up 30 percent worldwide since 2016. According to the WHO, measles killed 110,000 people in 2017, most of them children under five. Two countries in the Asia Pacific are struggling with outbreaks.