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Major measles outbreak strikes anti-vaxxer stronghold in Washington state

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A major measles outbreak has struck a county in Washington state where vaccination rates of children have been plummeting.

Local news station KATU reports that health officials in Clark County this week announced there have now been 22 confirmed cases of measles — including 19 cases in which the infected children were not vaccinated.

KATU says that publicly available health statistics show that vaccination rates have experienced a massive drop over the past thirteen years.

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“More than 91.4 percent of all kindergartners had completed all their immunizations in the 2004-2005 school year,” KATU reports. “That number fell to 76.5 percent in the 2017-2018 school year. For measles, the number of vaccinated kindergartners fell from 96.4 percent to 84.5 percent over that same time period.”

Dr. Jason Hanley, the Emergency Department Medical Director at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, said it’s been “an interesting week” at his facility because measles is normally “a relatively rare disease.”

PeaceHealth has also been advising children who have not been vaccinated for measles to not enter into its facility.


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Trump’s push to reopen schools appears to be blowing up in his face: polls

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President Donald Trump has been adamant that schools reopen in the fall, although he has given little to no guidance for how to do so in a way that won't lead to further eruptions of the novel coronavirus.

However, Business Insider reports that the president's rush to get schools open may already be coming back to bite him.

As evidence, the publication cited several national polls that show opposition to Trump's plans.

"A Politico/Morning Consult national tracking poll released on Wednesday found that 53% of voters oppose 'fully reopening' daycares and K-12 schools, 50% oppose a full reopening of colleges and universities, and 65% oppose Trump's threats to pull federal funding from schools that don't re-open," Business Insider writes.

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Scientists fear the US could be battered by a second pandemic while still fighting COVID-19: report

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WATCH: Homeless man begs for mercy during ‘brutal attack’ by NYC cop — and then gets charged with felony assault

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Body cam video shows a New York City police officer punching and dragging a homeless man off a subway train in May. But according to The City, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is charging the homeless man with felony assault for allegedly slapping the officer’s hand away while the cop tried to cuff him.

"Joseph T., 30, who asked that his last name not be used because he fears retaliation, left a Manhattan homeless shelter with his belongings in a few tote bags. He got tired of waiting for a bed, huddled with others in the entrance area, he said," The City reports. "It was around 12:30 a.m. on May 25, according to a criminal complaint, when police approached Joseph because, Officer Shimul Saha said, he was 'occupying more than one seat' on the near-empty No. 6 train. Joseph left the car and moved to the next one."

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