As nationwide measles incidence continues its rapid climb toward the highest yearly total since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, public health officials are struggling to effectively engage with insular communities—in this case, Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities—where vaccine-preventable diseases like measles can gain a foothold as a result of low vaccination coverage.
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A measles outbreak centered in Clark County, Oregon has already resulted in cases in two other states, including Hawai’i. This outbreak illustrates the risks posed by pockets of low vaccination coverage and the intense effort required to complete contact tracing for such a highly transmissible infection.
In addition to high-profile measles outbreaks, other vaccine-preventable diseases, including chickenpox, are making a comeback. An ongoing outbreak in North Carolina highlights the risks posed by low vaccination coverage in children.
This week’s #OutbreakThursday post takes a closer look at a US-based salmonella outbreak linked to turkey. It explores the outbreak’s ongoing investigation and the overall burden of foodborne disease.
After outbreaks in 2014 and 2016, cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) are on the rise again. Health officials have been unable to definitively identify a causative pathogen, which complicates response and public communication efforts.
This week’s blog post reviews the severity of last year’s influenza season, the lack of seasonal flu vaccine uptake, and the potential role technologies could have in improving flu awareness and vaccination rates.
After cutting global measles incidence from 2.6 million to fewer than 100,000 cases per year globally, measles may be on the rise due as a result of low vaccination coverage.
Recent data suggests that the 2017-18 flu season in the US has peaked, but it is too soon to know for sure. This week's Outbreak Thursday updates recent seasonal flu numbers, including vaccine efficacy and pediatric deaths.
Influenza incidence is on the rise across the country, and deaths among younger adults may signal that early predictions of a particularly severe flu season may have been accurate.
Outbreak Observatory takes a look back at outbreaks in 2017.