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Death toll passes 50 from Samoan measles epidemic

Measles death toll in Samoa reaches 53 as three children from the same family die amid national emergency that has seen ALL schools closed Low vaccination rates have allowed disease to spread rapidly and infect 3,728 Samoa a national emergency, closing all schools and making jabs compulsory Three-year-old and his twin siblings, 18 months, among […]

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Philippines declares dengue outbreak a national epidemic

The Philippines’ Department of Health on Tuesday declared the country’s outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic. The agency said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the declaration to improve the response to the outbreak by allowing local governments to draw on a special Quick Response Fund. It said the Philippines recorded 146,062 cases […]

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Vaping Could Cause Addiction 'Epidemic' Among Teens, Warns FDA

A new ad campaign, part of the FDA’s anti-tobacco initiative, warns that teenagers who vape are more likely to start smoking cigarettes. Originally introduced as an alternative to cigarettes which could help smokers wean themselves off tobacco, vape pens have actually been linked to an uptake in young people smoking smoking, the FDA has found. […]