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Published:Friday | January 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Measles outbreak tied to Disneyland grows to 70 illnesses

UNITED STATES, Los Angeles (AP):

A measles outbreak traced to Disney theme parks in California led to warnings against visiting the happiest place on Earth if tourists or their children have not been vaccinated against the highly contagious respiratory disease that has sickened 70 people.

New infections linked to the theme parks emerged Wednesday in the outbreak that has spread to five US states and Mexico, though the vast majority occurred in California.

People who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine are susceptible to contracting the highly contagious illness and should avoid Disney "for the time being," state epidemiologist Gil Chavez said.

The same holds true for crowded places with a high concentration of international travellers, such as airports, Chavez said. People who are vaccinated don't need to take such precautions, he said.

Disneyland Resorts spokeswoman Suzi Brown said officials agreed with the advice that "it's absolutely safe to visit if you're vaccinated".

The people who have been infected range in age from seven months to 70 years old. The vast majority had not been vaccinated, and a quarter had to be hospitalised.

Among those sickened were five Disney employees, three of whom have since returned to work. The company previously said park employees who may have been in contact with infected people were asked to show proof of vaccination or have a blood test to show immunity against measles. Those with pending results were put on paid leave. Vaccinations are also being offered to all employees.

UN holds first-ever meeting on anti-Semitism

UNITED NATIONS (AP):

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levi challenged the world at the first-ever UN General Assembly meeting devoted to anti-Semitism to take action to counter the rising worldwide hatred of Jews, denouncing it as "radical inhumanity."

Levi decried that "faulting the Jews is once again becoming the rallying cry of a new order of assassins".

Levi called for new arguments to counter Holocaust deniers and those who deny Israel's legitimacy.

Nearly 50 countries were slated to speak.

US Ambassador Samantha Power urged the world to stand up to anti-Semitism and end "this monstrous global problem".


13 killed in shelling of city bus in east Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP):

A mortar shell hit a bus Thursday in the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk, killing at least 13 people, the city's leader said. It was not immediately clear which side was responsible for the attack, but angry residents punched and kicked a captured soldier dragged to the scene by the rebels.

The mortar killed passengers instantly and blew out the windows of a nearby building. Separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko blamed Ukrainian government troops for the attack, calling it a provocation.

The civilian death toll has been mounting in the conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists that the United Nations says has killed more than 4,700 people since April.