Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. NOVA’s “Vaccines—Calling the Shots” takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.
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Health officials have confirmed a second US case of Mers, a virus which has killed more than 100 people.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the second case had been “imported”, meaning a traveller to the US contracted the virus elsewhere.
Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) is highly lethal and causes symptoms including fever and kidney failure.
The patient in the first confirmed case has been released from hospital, which says he is “fully recovered”.
The latest case occurred in Florida, US health officials said. A press conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
CDC officials said the man in the first US case was a citizen who was travelling to Indiana from Saudi Arabia, where he is a healthcare worker.
He flew to Chicago from Saudi Arabia via London, and took a bus from Chicago to Indiana, where he was admitted to hospital.
Saudi Arabia says more than 130 people infected with Mers have died since an outbreak began in 2012.
On Sunday, the country urged its citizens to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels so as to avoid spreading Mers.
Mers belongs to the coronavirus family that includes the common cold and Sars, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which caused some 800 deaths globally in 2003.
Health officials say it is not highly contagious, only appearing to spread through close contact, but there is no known cure.
(From BBC News)