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During influenza season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a weekly update known as FluView. Here’s a snap shot of the information provided in the October 27-November 2 report:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert for Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan because multiple cases of wild polio virus have been reported in these countries as of November 6, 2013:
Although the number of cases is low, it’s been many years since cases of wild-type polio virus were reported in these countries.
When Syrian health officials found 22 children paralyzed in the city of Deir al-Zour last month, they became concerned, and their fears were realized when test results indicated that these children had been infected with polio. Public health officials are now scrambling to contain the first outbreak of wild-type polio in this country since 1999.
It is estimated that more than 20 million children must be vaccinated in Syria and surrounding countries in order to keep the current outbreak from spreading. This vaccination campaign will require at least 50 million doses of polio vaccine and could take as long as 8 months to be completed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report in the September 13 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, updating the total number of measles cases reported in the U.S. From January 1 to August 24, 2013, 159 cases of measles were reported in 16 states. Seventeen infected individuals required hospitalization; however, no deaths occurred. Many infected individuals were either not vaccinated or had an unclear vaccination status; 13 were previously vaccinated. To learn more about why some people still became infected with measles even though they were vaccinated, please refer to the story, “Measles outbreak in a Texas Church” in the archive page.
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Last updated: November 2013
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