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Samoa measles outbreak: Government shuts down so everyone can get vaccinated

Samoa measles outbreak: Government shuts down so everyone can get vaccinated

Red flags have been erected across Samoa to mark unvaccinated households as the government shuts down Thursday to deploy all resources to reining in a deadly measles outbreak. More than 4,200 cases of measles have been reported across the Pacific island nation in recent weeks, including 62 deaths — with 2 fatalities in the last…MORE

The lone star tick could soon be colonizing a backyard near you

The lone star tick could soon be colonizing a backyard near you

The climate crisis is making us more vulnerable to ticks in an unprecedented and growing threat to public health, according to a new report. Bacterial and protozoan tick-borne diseases doubled in the United States between 2004 and 2016, the report notes, and in 2017, more than 90% of the 60,000 vector-borne diseases in the United…MORE

There are now vaping-related lung injury cases in all 50 states

There are now vaping-related lung injury cases in all 50 states

A teen from Southeast Alaska is the state’s first case of vaping-related lung injury, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. There have now been cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury reported in all 50 states. The department announced on Tuesday that the teen is hospitalized but improving.…MORE

New government program provides HIV prevention drugs for uninsured

New government program provides HIV prevention drugs for uninsured

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the launch of a national program Tuesday to provide free HIV-prevention drugs to uninsured Americans at risk of HIV. “Ready, Set, PrEP” will provide about 200,000 Americans annually access to PrEP medications — daily pre-exposure prophylaxis pills for the prevention of HIV. To qualify for the…MORE

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