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U.S. health officials report 41 new cases of measles last week

The United States recorded 41 new measles cases last week, bringing 2019’s total number of cases to 981 in the worst outbreak of the disease since 1992, federal health officials said.

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

Maine became the 25th U.S. state to confirm a case of measles amid the country’s worst outbreak of the disease in a quarter century.

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U.S. reports 60 new measles cases in worst outbreak since 1994

The most widespread U.S. measles outbreak in a quarter-century has infected 60 new patients in the last week, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 764, federal health officials said.

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As measles returns, U.S. states look to cut vaccine exemptions

Maine could soon prohibit parents from citing religious or personal beliefs to avoid vaccinating their children, making the U.S. state one of a half dozen cracking down during the nations’ largest measles outbreak in 25 years.

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New York orders mandatory measles vaccinations, blasts misinformation fueling outbreak

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn in response to a measles outbreak, requiring unvaccinated people living in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines.

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Advocacy Group and FDA Advisor Call for a Moratorium on Opioid Approvals

As America continues to grapple with the opioid crisis, nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a moratorium on the approval of any new opioid medications.

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Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants

The number of people amassed in immigration detention under the Trump administration has reached record highs, raising concerns among migrant advocates about disease outbreaks and resulting quarantines that limit access to legal services.

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Japan scientists win backing for work on potential Nipah vaccine

A global coalition set up to fight emerging epidemics struck a $31 million deal with scientists at Japan’s University of Tokyo to speed up work on a vaccine against a brain-damaging disease caused by the Nipah virus.

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Up to 84,000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months: CDC

An estimated 69,000 to 84,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the flu in the last three months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

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Deadly viral outbreak in New Jersey claims seventh child

A deadly viral outbreak claimed the life of a seventh child at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, where 11 other medically fragile young patients remain hospitalized with adenovirus infections, state health officials said.

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