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Measles Brought Back To Costa Rica By Unvaccinated French Tourist

The health ministry is currently scrambling to find people who may have been infected by the young boy.

Five years ago, Costa Rica declared that it is free of measles. However, it only took one unvaccinated young tourist to bring the disease back to the country. A young French boy visiting with his family is the first case of the disease in Costa Rica since 2014.

The unnamed boy reportedly arrived in Costa Rica on February 18. He and his mother have not received the MMR vaccine when they arrived in the country. According to reports, the five-year-old was taken by his parents to a private doctor complaining about a “rash.” However, it was later revealed that other children who had attended the boy’s school in France have come down with measles. This means the child may have already been infected by the time he reached Costa Rica.

The boy may have been infected in his school in France because he was not vaccinated.

The Costa Rican health ministry assures that the child is currently being treated in strict isolation. He has been admitted at the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in the port town of Puntarenas. However, the ministry is also hoping to establish who has come in contact with the boy during the trip. This includes anyone who was in his flight or at a San José hotel where the family stayed for one night, as well as the beach village of Santa Teresa, near Puntarenas.

The health ministry issued a statement regarding the case.

“Our country enjoys very good vaccination coverage in general. However, in order to avoid particular cases and their possible complications, it is important that those in charge of minors ensure that children have the complete vaccination scheme.”

Costa Rica has been free of the disease due to excellent vaccination coverage.

Anyone who has measles symptoms is requested to report to health authorities immediately. Symptoms include fever, nasal congestion, cough, conjunctivitis, skin rash that starts in the head and expands through the body to the feet, reaching the hips around the second day.

The country has been measles-free since 2014. Interestingly, the return of the disease in the country comes just a month after the World Health Organization gave an ominous warning.

In January, WHO declared that “vaccine hesitancy” is one of the top 10 of the worst health threats facing humanity in 2019.


Saudi Government App That Tracks Women’s Movement Available for Free on iOS and Android

The Absher app allows men to track a female’s travels and more.

Women already have a hard time doing anything in Saudi Arabia. For instance, they aren't allowed to be seen in public without a male escort. However, men have found a new way to make sure that their female relatives will not be able to do anything without being recorded. A new application that tracks a woman's every move is currently being hosted by Apple and Google.

The app called Absher actually serves as an e-government and e-services portal. It makes requesting a passport, birth certificate, vehicle registration, or other documentation much easier. However, the Saudi Interior Ministry-designed app has also been revealed to be used by men to restrict women from crossing borders. In addition to that, men are allowed to restrict a woman's travel options.

Absher is free and readily available both on iOS and Android.


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New Jersey Officially Adds ‘Gender-Neutral’ Option To Birth Certificates

Parents can now register their newborns as “male, female, or undesignated/nonbinary.”

In a move that has since gained a lot of public reaction, New Jersey has recently introduced a gender-neutral option to birth certificates. According to reports, the new law officially starts getting implemented February 1 and so parents now have the choice to register their newborns as male, female, or undesignated/nonbinary.

Apparently, New Jersey isn't even the first state in the United States to introduce such a change as it joins California, Oregon, Washington, and New York City. The new bill aims to expand on the state's transgender rights.


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Major DNA Testing Company Is Now Sharing Your Genetic Data With FBI

The FBI might finally get to solve several cold cases but the new access to a private genealogy database is also causing concern.

Have you ever tried using a home-testing kit to trace your ancestry or locate your relatives? The Federal Bureau of Investigations probably already has your genetic data. A major DNA testing company has just confirmed that they are now sharing their vast genealogy database with the FBI.

Family Tree DNA is one of the largest private genetic testing companies that allows users to trace their own ancestry at the comfort of their own homes. The instant accessibility makes them a huge hit among curious consumers who then add their own genetic data to the company's database. Because of their extensive genealogy database, the FBI has reached out to Family Tree DNA for access - and it has been granted.

The move could be groundbreaking in solving cold cases but is also causing concern.


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