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First Person Dies From Measles in 12 years

Officials confirmed that a woman killed by measles in Washington State this spring had been vaccinated as a child but a combination of health problems, a depressed immune system and being on medication that interfered with her response to an infection left her unprotected from the deadly disease.

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Fred Upton’s Quiet Revolution

Oftentimes, revolutions are noisy and people get hurt. But Rep. Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan, is leading a quiet revolution where people are being helped—we need more of that kind of revolution.

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Jim Carrey Blasts Jerry Brown Over Vaccine Mandate

The same day that California Governor Jerry Brown signed childhood vaccine bill SB 277 into law, two-time Golden Globe Award winning comedic actor Jim Carrey took to Twitter blasting the governor for not killing the bill that makes California among three states with the strictest vaccine laws in the country.

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Ebola Returns: Liberia Confirms First Death in 49 Days

The Liberian government announced on Monday that two separate tests had confirmed a 17-year-old boy had died of Ebola on June 28, the first Ebola death in that country in 49 days. The government has quarantined the town where the boy died and announced emergency measures to contain the disease.

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Senate Passes SB 277 to End Child Vaccine Exemption

California legislators passed the highly controversial SB 277 by a vote of 24-14 on Monday, despite massive opposition efforts launched against the school-based vaccine mandate that brought thousands to the state capitol and caused protests around California.

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Vaccine Mandate, SB 277, Passes California Assembly

On Thursday, the California State Assembly passed the SB 277, which mandates child vaccinations as a condition of private and public school enrollment, by a vote of 46-30. Democrats and Republicans were divided within their own parties over the bill, which ultimately passed with bipartisan support. Due to amendments, however, the bill was immediately ordered back to the State Senate, where it previously passed.

Florida Insurance Company Enrolls People In Obama's Affordable Health Care Plan

Mercy Health Fires 347 Workers Due to Obamacare

Mercy Health announced Thursday it will fire 347 workers due to “increasing challenges to our reimbursement structure as we adjust to reductions mandated by the Affordable Care Act,” the company said in a statement.

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Eighty Percent of Yemenis Dependent on Humanitarian Aid as Starvation, Dengue Fever Ravage Civilians

Nearly 80% of Yemen’s civilian population is dependent on humanitarian aid for food and water, while six million are believed to be suffering “severe” hunger, and up to 8,000 people may have contracted Dengue fever. This is the dire portrait of a war-torn nation the United Nations presented this week, as fighting between Shiite Houthi rebels and supporters of Sunni President Hadi and Saudi Arabia continue to struggle for power.

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CDC: Ready for MERS Outbreak at Home

Despite Southeast Asian countries’s heightening fear over the recent MERS outbreak in South Korea, representatives for the Centers for Disease Control and Protection say that they believe the United States can effectively respond to MERS if it reaches American shores.

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