Measles Outbreak Tally Continues To Grow
NPR reports that some health experts say this is a critical time in efforts to control the spread of this outbreak. Meanwhile, The Washington Post highlights an anti-vaccine physician.
The Washington Post:
2015 U.S. Measles Outbreak Already At 84 Cases, More Than In A Typical Year
The 2015 measles outbreak already has spread to 84 people, more than health officials typically see in an entire year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Most of the cases are traceable to an outbreak at Disneyland and another theme park in Southern California that began in late December and now has spread to six other states, including Utah, Washington, Oregon and Colorado. In all, measles has reached 14 states, according to Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. (Berstein, 1/29)
Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.
After a few cases here and there, measles is making a big push back into the national consciousness. An outbreak linked to visitors to the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in Orange County, Calif., has sickened 67 people in California and six other states according to the latest count from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far this year there have been 84 measles cases in 14 states. That's already more cases than the U.S. typically sees in a year, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters on a conference call Thursday. "This is a wake-up call to make sure measles doesn't get a foothold back in our country." (Hensley, Rizzo and Hurt, 1/29)
The Washington Post:
Amid Measles Outbreak, Anti-Vaccine Doctor Revels In His Notoriety
It’s 6:30 p.m. in eastern Arizona, and an energetic doctor who has gained notice due to his disdain for vaccinations has just gotten home. It’s been a busy day. He’s already spoken to USA Today. He just did a segment on CNN. And he’s closely monitored his Facebook page, which has collected 4,000 “likes” in the span of 48 hours. But Jack Wolfson always has time to discuss vaccinations — his hatred of them and his abhorrence of the parents who defend them. (McCoy, 1/30)