The number of measles cases in the United States has soared to more than 460, the highest number since 1991. More than half of the cases are in New York, where 21 people had to be hospitalized, five of them in intensive care. Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared measles a public health emergency, and has ordered mandatory vaccination in parts of the city. VOA Zlatica Hoke reports measles cases are up 300 percent worldwide this year, according to the World Health Organization.
Doctors from the United States and Venezuela are working together to help patients in Venezuela. Dr. Gabriela Blohm lives in Gainesville, Florida and physician Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi lives 2,000 kilometers away in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. VOA's Christina Caicedo Smit reports, their team work may save some lives today, and in the future.
The dive took place off a coral atoll called St. Joseph in the outer islands of Seychelles on a mission to explore the Indian Ocean. This body of water is poorly studied and few scientists have ever ventured deeper than the maximum scuba depth of 100 feet
Just 50 years ago, the Aral Sea, which straddles the nations of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was the fourth largest lake in the world. But today it is mostly desert, and environmental groups are trying to save what is left. VOA'S Kevin Enochs reports.
New York City has declared a public health emergency amid an alarming spike in the number of measles cases among largely unvaccinated children. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at why these parents are reluctant to vaccinate in the face of a serious measles outbreak.