Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Measles Outbreak

From the New York Post:
This year’s U.S. measles epidemic has now surpassed a 25-year-old record, and experts say it’s not clear when the wave of illnesses will stop. U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 971 cases so far this year. That eclipses the 963 measles illnesses reported for all of 1994. It’s been 27 years since the nation saw this many measles cases — 2,237 cases were reported in 1992. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the numbers Thursday. Measles was once common in the U.S. but gradually became rare after vaccination campaigns were started in the 1960s. (Read more.)

1 comment:

The North Coast said...

We can thank the anti-vaccine hysteria that seems to be running rampant now, and is embraced by people of every political persuasion and socio-economic bracket.

I attribute this to the dumbing down of our population, which seems to be growing more irrational, fantasy-prone, and credulous daily. Worse, people seem more willing to believe any crank theory that issues from the mouth of some entertainment celebrity than they are the scientists and medical practitioners who together have thousands of years of schooling, research, and practice. They find the rantings of an ex-Playboy Bunny and a disgraced doctor who was convicted of fraud, more credible than the findings of the CDC and the WHO.

You'd better believe that I've gotten a whole lot more conscientious about making sure my own vaccinations, and I'd do the same if I were you, because we can no longer depend on "herd immunity".