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CHICAGO, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Mothers in China are not passing on protective antibodies against measles to their infants, leaving children under 8 months vulnerable to the disease, researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) have found.

Moreover, the level of protective antibodies decreased with age, with almost all infants lacking maternal antibodies at 3 months old.

The study shows that current vaccination programs are not effective in controlling transmission of measles to infants, said Matthew Boulton, senior associate dean for global public health at UM School of Public Health. He suggests the infants or their mothers may need additional protection.

The 2011-2015 study involved 551 infants aged one to eight months old and their mothers from 120 rural villages and urban communities representing each of the 16 geographic districts in Tianjin in northeastern China.

Research has shown that when a pregnancy goes full term and the mother has adequate nutrition, she will typically pass on antibody protection to the fetus if she has been immunized or has had a case of the measles.

The current study showed mothers with a known history of measles provided 1.6 times higher titers, the concentrations of antibodies in the blood, to their infants than those mothers who had no known history with the disease or vaccination; over two-thirds of mothers who were immune to measles were unsure if they had been vaccinated or had disease.

Although infant deaths have decreased by 79 percent since 2000, measles continues to be one of the most infectious diseases in the world, and claimed more than 134,000 lives worldwide in 2015, mostly infants and young children. And a large percentage of measles cases continue to occur in China.

In China, children usually receive the first dose of measles vaccine at 8 months, and the second dose at 18-24 months.

"China has been very successful at immunizing eligible children for measles and for carrying out very large Special Immunization Activities (e.g., National Immunization Days), which have resulted in literally millions of children being vaccinated for measles in a short period of time," Boulton said.

"Despite these successes, measles continues to occur at unacceptably high rates in both young infants and adults, which points to the need for new approaches, including the possibility of launching organized campaigns to immunize young women of reproductive age," Boulton said.

The study was published in the latest issue of Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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VANCOUVER, April 30 (Xinhua) -- As residents and authorities tried to piece together information surrounding a deadly shooting which left two killed and two others injured in the small city of Nanaimo early Wednesday, a sense of sadness gripped this quiet coast city where such public shootings are rare.

Local police said the accident happened shortly before 7 a.m. local time when a man entered into a sawmill and opened fire in downtown Nanaimo, a city of about 80,000 people, located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia (B.C.). The 47-year-old suspect was a former employee at the mill.

Emergency phone calls started pouring in moments later, and police officers arrived, arrested the man and seized a shotgun at the scene.

"A lone male suspect was arrested without incident a few minutes later by an Emergency Response Team member," Nanaimo Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commander Supt. Mark Fisher told reporters. Early investigation suggested that the suspect acted alone, he said.

"Police officers also quickly worked to search the entire building for additional threats and injured victims," Fisher said, adding that no other suspects were found.

"The families and mill employees will now have to cope with the tragedy that unfolded here today. As does the community of Nanaimo, " he said. "It's going to be a challenge, but as detachment commander, and a long-time resident of Vancouver Island, I can confirm this type of violence is extremely rare."

By midday, police had yet to comment on the motivation behind the shootings, while friends and relatives scrambled to get information about their beloved ones who worked at the mill, which was operating on one shift and employed about 75 people.

The B.C. coroners service confirmed the deaths of the two victims, but had yet to identify them. "Following an incident at the mill in south Nanaimo shortly after 7 a.m. ... two persons were transported by ambulance to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, " the service said in a release. "On arrival at hospital, both were pronounced deceased. The investigation at this point is in its most preliminary stages."

The mill's CEO Don Demens confirmed that the suspect was a former employee at the mill, but refused to comment on the reason why he left the job.

He said the company had shut down all of their operations out of respect for the victims and their families.

Nanaimo city councilor Jim Kipp told Xinhua that a horrible feeling came over him when news of the shooting broke. "I . Cheap Air Force 1 Cheap Air Force 1 Mid Cheap Air Force 1 Mid Cheap Air Force 1 Grey Cheap Air Force 1 Mens Cheap Air Force 1 Sale Cheap Air Vapormax Flyknit Cheap Air Vapormax White Cheap Air Vapormax Flyknit Cheap Air Vapormax Off White
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