Measles Outbreak Continues in U.S.; Severe Flooding in Peru
14 States Report Measles Cases as Outbreak Linked to California Continues
The measles outbreak in the United States continues as the number of confirmed cases (from January 1 to January 30) reached 102 (CDC). Fourteen states have reported measles cases, with many linking back to exposure in December at Disney parks in California (CDPH). Measles is a highly infectious, airborne disease that had been eliminated in the United States in 2000 due in part to high population immunity achieved by vaccine coverage (CDC). According to the CDC, measles is still common in many parts of the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.
Severe Flooding leads to State of Emergency in Peru
A state of emergency has been declared in the San Martin region of Peru after heavy rains caused mudslides and severe flooding (ECHO/ReliefWeb). Reports indicate that more than 3,000 people have been displaced due to ongoing flood conditions since late January. Torrential rainfall in the area also caused the Huallaga River to overflow, which flooded homes in the Mariscal Cácares, Huallaga, and Bellavista provinces of San Martin (RedHum). Overall, flooding has led to the collapse of hundreds of homes throughout the region, and damaged or destroyed numerous community establishments.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Pacific)
High Wind: United States (Hawaii)
Biomedical: West Africa, United States
Wildfire: Argentina, Australia (Western)
Severe Weather: Ireland, Canada (British Colombia, Northern Ontario, Yukon, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec), United States (Northwest), Spain, Kazakhstan (Northern), Mexico, Peru
Flood: Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Australia (Queensland)
Volcanoes: United States (Hawaii)
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