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Photo: Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California (AFP/Justin Sullivan)

California’s Measles Outbreak Is Over, But Vaccine Fight Continues

Legislation in Sacramento intended to induce more parents to get their children the measles vaccine and other shots stalled this week amid an outcry from anti-immunization forces who said the government should not tell parents what to do.

April 18, 2015

Obama: U.S. To Be ‘More Aggressive’ In Monitoring Ebola Response

The President insists the threat of Ebola is being taken seriously.

October 16, 2014

Texas Case Forces U.S. To ‘Rethink’ Ebola Approach

The CDC speaks out about how we should be approaching Ebola.

October 14, 2014

Ebola Cases To Explode Without Drastic Action: WHO

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that hundreds of thousands could be infected with Ebola by the end of the year unless drastic measures to control the disease are taken.

September 23, 2014

Sierra Leone’s Three-Day Ebola Shutdown Ends

Health Minister Abubakarr Fofanah deems the 72-hour nationwide lock down in Sierra Leone a success.

September 22, 2014

Liberia Says Escaped Ebola Patients Returned To Quarantine

By Terence Sesay and Kristin Palitza, dpa MONROVIA, Liberia — All 37 Ebola patients who fled an isolation ward in Liberia have been returned to a clinic, Information Minister Lewis Brown said on Tuesday. Residents of the West Point slum near the capital, Monrovia, broke into a quarantine center on Saturday and freed the patients […]

August 19, 2014

Husband Of Ebola Patient Leaves Quarantine, Visits Wife In Isolation Ward

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times The husband of an American missionary diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus has ended his quarantine in North Carolina and visited his wife Sunday at an isolation room at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a Christian missionary group announced Monday. David Writebol, who was quarantined as a precautionary measure […]

August 18, 2014

Liberia ‘To Shoot’ People Crossing Border Closed To Halt Ebola

dpa MONROVIA — Liberia’s armed forces were given orders to shoot people trying to illegally cross the border from neighboring Sierra Leone, which was closed to stem the spread of Ebola, local newspaper Daily Observer reported Monday. Soldiers stationed in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, which border Sierra Leone, were to “shoot on sight” […]

August 18, 2014

WHO Declares Ebola A Worldwide ‘Public Health Emergency’

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau The Director-General of the World Health Organization on Friday declared the West African Ebola outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” and called for both affected and unaffected countries to implement a coordinated international response that features a wide range of new safety measures, including travel restrictions for […]

August 8, 2014

Liberia Closes Almost All Borders To Contain Ebola Outbreak

dpa MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia on Monday closed almost all of its borders in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola after a third doctor working to contain the virus in West Africa contracted the deadly disease. Only five entry points, including James Spriggs Payne Airport in the capital, Monrovia, as well as Roberts […]

July 28, 2014

U.S. Faces Worst Measles Outbreak In 20 Years

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After declaring in 2000 that measles had been eliminated from the U.S. through a successful vaccination program, government officials now say the number of confirmed cases has reached a 20-year high as people who get the disease abroad bring it back to America. Unvaccinated residents in the U.S. […]

May 29, 2014

Man Visiting Florida Is Second MERS Case In U.S.

By Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — A growing global threat of the potentially deadly MERS virus has spread to Orlando with the case of a 44-year-old man visiting from Saudi Arabia, health officials reported Monday. He becomes the second U.S. patient with the respiratory illness, which has infected more than 500 people worldwide and […]

May 13, 2014

Deadly Middle East Respiratory Virus Surge Continues In Saudi Arabia

By Sherif Tarek, Los Angeles Times Eleven new cases of the occasionally fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, were reported in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, two days after the nation’s health minister was replaced. In the week ending Monday, 67 cases were reported of the SARS-like virus. One patient died in Riyadh on Monday, the […]

April 24, 2014

Death Toll In Guinea’s Ebola Outbreak Hits 80

DAKAR, Senegal — The Ebola death toll in Guinea has risen to 80, while 122 suspected cases have been registered, health authorities said Tuesday. The outbreak was “unprecedented” because the spread of the disease across the small West African nation made it very difficult to control, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres warned. “We are […]

April 1, 2014