Measles outbreak a reminder vaccines are important, senators say
This article was originally published in Scrip
The US has spent more than $5bn in trying to fight Ebola in West Africa – a disease with no cure, no approved vaccine and one that had some Americans in a frenzy this past fall when the virus first arrived on the nation's shores.
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