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Measles Returns: Investigating Vaccination Rates

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Investigative teams at ABC Owned Television Stations across the country analyzed local measles vaccination rates and found local schools in communities nationwide that are below what's considered the community or "herd" immunity rate. According to the World Health Organization, 93-95% of people in a population need to be vaccinated against measles to make sure the rest of a population is safe from the highly contagious disease.

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Non-native Mosquito’s Arrival Raises Health Concerns

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The Aedes aegypti mosquito has migrated to the Central Valley, and it has brought various diseases along with it.

This particular species of mosquito has never been introduced to California’s landscape until now, which is why there is a concern for those who live in the affected area.

Monica Patterson, a vector biologist at Turlock Mosquito Abatement Center, states, "The mosquito is a transmitter of three diseases that are new to California’s environment; the diseases are zika, chikungunya, and dengue. There are very few reliable treatments for those who are infected with one of the diseases, hence the concern."

The zika virus is the worst of the three diseases. zika has been known to primarily effect pregnant women. The virus can cause microcephaly, a birth defect that decreases the size of the fetus’ head which weakens their development.

Chikungunya and dengue inflict feelings of discomfort; high fevers and joint pain. Officials at Turlock Mosquito Abatement Center are working to contain the mosquito infestation, though the process has proven to be quite difficult.

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Modesto neighborhood sprayed for mosquito that can spread Zika virus

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A mosquito that can spread Zika virus is now a confirmed resident of Stanislaus County and will require annual monitoring and a commitment of resources to keep it in check.

Early Friday morning, the East Side Mosquito Abatement District sprayed a 450-acre area of east Modesto for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are able to transmit Zika and other diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.

The first mosquito was found in a trap July 25 just north of the intersection of Lakewood Avenue and Scenic Drive. A second mosquito, confirming a likely breeding population, was discovered nearby Wednesday.

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L.A. County health officials warn of measles exposure at Westside shops

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Los Angeles County officials warned Thursday that a county resident with measles may have exposed others at several shops on the Westside.

Officials identified businesses in Venice, Brentwood and Santa Monica that the infected person visited, along with a coffee shop in downtown L.A., over a three-day period last week.

The news comes as the country grapples with its worst measles outbreak in decades. As of July 21, 1,148 people nationwide had been diagnosed with measles this year, compared with 372 people in all 2018.

Considered one of the most contagious diseases in the world, measles spreads through coughing and sneezing, but can linger in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the room.

There have been 61 recorded cases of measles in California this year so far. Officials urge anyone who has not been vaccinated to get immunized; most people who have gotten measles this year were not immunized.
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West Nile disease strikes in Stanislaus County. Here’s what you need to know

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Stanislaus County health officials have reported a serious case of west Nile illness as prime conditions for the virus create a threat to the public.

The patient was only identified as a female in the news release Wednesday from the county Health Services Agency.

She was diagnosed with the potentially deadly neuroinvasive disease, which can result in long-term disabilities.

People may come down with symptoms of the endemic west Nile virus after they’re bitten by infected mosquitoes. According to health agencies, 1 in 5 will have symptoms including headache and fever possibly lasting for several weeks.

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