Measles in Mass


Measles continues to spread in Massachusetts, with two new cases confirmed this week, including one involving a 23-month-old boy from Boston who had received his first measles vaccination last year, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. The other was a teenage boy from outside the city who was treated at a Boston health care facility.

That brings the state total to 17 this year — and counting. In each of the previous four years, Massachusetts has had one to three cases. The surge has been occurring nationwide as well, with federal health officials announcing Tuesday that measles cases have been on their fastest pace since 1996. So far this year, 118 infections have been reported in 23 states, compared with 50 in a typical year.

And we’re lucky that most parents have not bought into the whole anti-vax nonsense:

France reported 10,000 cases — and six deaths — during the first four months of the year, most likely due to low vaccination rates. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributes the rise in measles cases in this country to the surge in cases globally, most notably in France, India, and the Philippines.

Vaccinations are one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in human history. Measles alone used to strike about half a million Americans per year. At that rate today, we’d be seeing a few billion dollars and a couple of thousand lives gobbled by the virus every year. And that’s just measles. I won’t say anything about whooping cough, the resurgence of which has killed children too young to be vaccinated. Even if vaccines caused autism — which they don’t — they would still be worth the risk.

The efficacy of any vaccine is dependent on having herd immunity: having enough people vaccinated to deny the virus the reservoirs it needs to break out. For that, you need to vaccinate almost everyone who isn’t immuno-compromised. You can maybe make some religious exemptions. But you simply don’t have room for people who refuse to vaccinate because they believe the tissue of lies that was Andrew Wakefield’s discredited study.

For people to turn their backs on this miracle is maddening. It’s like they’re going back to living in caves. Only they’ll take a few innocent people with them.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    Jenny McCarthy must be so proud of herself.

    I hope that people have discovered that taking advice from a woman whose claim to fame is a boob job and showing off her twat for Playboy isn’t really a good idea.

    What the hell were these people thinking? Refusing to vaccinate your children qualifies as child abuse in the eyes of many people.

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  2. InsipiD

    two new cases confirmed this week, including one involving a 23-month-old boy from Boston who had received his first measles vaccination last year

    Uh-oh. Let’s just say that it’s been a while for me. If the anti-vax movement has put enough vulnerable people out there so that even vaccinated people are now at risk, then somebody really should be held accountable.for starting it.

    boob job and showing off her twat for Playboy

    I’m still happy to have seen them, though.

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  3. loserlame

    In related news, Germany’s vegetables have turned on their Green Party-electing farmer masses
    ” A massive and unprecedented outbreak of bacterial infections linked to contaminated vegetables claimed two more lives in Europe on Tuesday, driving the death toll to 16. The number of sick rose to more than 1,150 people in at least eight nations.

    Nearly 400 people in Germany were battling a severe and potentially fatal version of the infection that attacks the kidneys. A U.S. expert said doctors had never seen so many cases of the condition, hemolytic uremic syndrome, tied to a foodborne illness outbreak before.

    The idea of an outbreak of over 300 hemolytic uremic syndrome cases is absolutely extraordinary,” said Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

    “There has not been such an outbreak before that we know of in the history of public health,” Tauxe said, adding that the German strain of E. coli has not been seen in the United States”

    I call bullshit. It was invented by the US to potentially sicken the mostly vegan denizens of the former Workers Paradise during the Cold War, and quietly tested on the homeless in urban areas across the US.

    Looks like the global village mass-handling its fresh produce, shipping its wares across continents with CO2-emitting trucks, ships is bad, after all?

    jk – kinda.

    What seems to make bacteria uniformly more resilient and dangerous everywhere are…….. higher average temperatures

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