Tag: #measles

A measles outbreak that makes the Disneyland measles outbreak look like a trip to Disneyland

From Reuters: “A measles outbreak in the copper-mining Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 315 people and infected at least 20,000, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Hundreds more deaths have likely not been documented due to difficulties accessing remote areas, The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a draft report…

Talking Tuesday: Driving To A Gig

I apologize for the audio quality at some points. I was driving, and it’s obvious that I have a wire throwing out some interference someplace. Almost 18 minutes of me telling you what I think about the measles outbreak and about me calling a radio station to kind of influence the discussion on vaccines. Pardon the background noise. Dodge engines,…

More measles than ever before (in the last 20 years)

Measles is back, and it’s worse than it has been in 20 years, in terms of the number of cases reported in the first five months of the year. The causes for this are many. Anti-vaccine messages are not helping, and neither is the fact that the world is becoming smaller.

Measles in Pakistan: Politics, People, and Guns

[row][span size=’5′]A lot of bad things have come together in Pakistan to produce an outbreak of measles that is incredible in its scope and size. According to news reports, there have been almost 12,000 cases reported in the Punjab region of Pakistan over the last 5 months. That’s 2,400 cases per month, or about 80 cases per day. It’s just…

Playing with code and maps

I’ve been playing with some coding and some mapping, and a great WordPress plug-in to put it all together, and I’m working on some maps to display news about measles. You can see the page (still in progress) here. It’s all a variation of this map that I kept for 2011 and 2012. Tell me what you think in the comments…