Monday October 21, 2019

Measles Cases in US Continue to Rise, With Most New Cases in New York

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports outbreaks in 24 states

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FILE - Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are seen in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, New York, March 27, 2019. VOA

Federal health officials report 41 new cases of measles across the U.S. last week, bringing the number of total cases for the year to 880 — the highest number recorded since 1994.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports outbreaks in 24 states, with only the very Deep South and Northern Plains spared.

The CDC says outbreaks in several states, including California, Georgia, Michigan and New York, are linked to travelers who are suspected of bringing back the virus from countries with large measles outbreaks, such as Israel, the Philippines and Ukraine.

The CDC recommends vaccinations for everyone older than 12 months, except those who already had the disease as children and have become immune.

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Federal health officials report 41 new cases of measles across the U.S. last week. Pixabay

The virus has spread among school-age children whose parents have chosen not to vaccinate them. Parents who do not vaccinate their children often cite religious beliefs or the concerns the vaccine may cause autism or other health problems, despite scientific studies that have debunked such claims.

The World Health Organization says parents who refuse to inoculate their children against such diseases is one of the top 10 threats to global health.

The measles vaccine, first available in the 1960s, is considered safe and effective by most public health experts, who say that it also can save lives.

The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread primarily by coughing and sneezing.

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It is still a common disease in many parts of the world. It was declared eradicated in the United States in 2000 with only a handful of cases reported in the U.S. most every year since then.

Last week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released an update on measles activity in the Americas. It said 12 countries have reported cases in 2019: Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, the U.S., Uruguay, and Venezuela. (VOA)

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Uber Eats’ Pickup Feature Now Available for Users in the US

The firm's rivals Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates already offer the ability to pickup orders along with a growing number of restaurants

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You can also filter and find restaurants that are allergy friendly. Flickr

Uber Eats has announced that its ‘Pickup’ feature on the on-demand restaurant food app is now available for users in the US.

The on-demand food service from ride-hailing company Uber launched a pickup feature nationwide. The feature was tested in San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas and Austin, Texas, prior to the roll-out, USA Today reported on Friday.

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The ‘Pickup’ feature lets Uber Eats customers order their food through the app as usual.

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Delivery men working with the food delivery apps Uber Eats and Swiggy wait to pick up an order outside a restaurant in Mumbai, India, Feb. 6, 2019. VOA

After that, instead of paying a delivery fee and waiting for someone to drop the food at their door, they can go to the restaurant and collect it themselves.

“This gives eaters more flexibility in how they access food and provides them the option to order through Uber Eats and collect the food themselves,” Elspeth Rollert, Uber Eats US head of Restaurant Brand Marketing was quoted as saying in the report.

The firm’s rivals Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates already offer the ability to pickup orders along with a growing number of restaurants. (IANS)