Here are the top five posts on Outbreak News Today for the week Feb. 9 through Feb. 15:

5. Vaccine misinformation: Maine health officials warn fake CDC flyer


The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) warned the public of a fake flyer claiming to be from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which states: “Educate before you vaccinate” and lists a group of “known vaccine side effects” without providing references or citing any sources (see flyer HERE).

4. Measles outbreak in the Philippines: 4,300 cases, 70 deaths; MMR shortage or Dengvaxia scare?

Just days after measles outbreaks were declared in several regions of the archipelago including the National Capital Region (NCR) of Metro Manila, health officials reported  some updated data.

3. Mumps: 7 cases confirmed at Houston ICE facility

Officials with the Houston Health Department confirmed seven mumps cases at an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Houston.

2. Measles: Washington legislature holds public hearing for vaccine bill

As the measles outbreak in the Vancouver, Washington area continues to rise, 53 confirmed cases and seven suspect cases as of Friday with the bulk of the cases being unvaccinated, the Washington State House Committee on Health Care & Wellness held a public hearing on HB 1638, Promoting immunity against vaccine preventable diseases.

1.Ebola outbreak reaches 800 cases

In an update on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the health ministry reported (computer translated) two new confirmed cases, bringing the total outbreak cases (confirmed and probable) to 800.

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