From the AP
prize idiot well-meaning crusader Jenny McCarthy had actually managed to convince everyone that Measles caused Autism, things could have been worse. Actually no, we don't need to imagine the what-if. There actually was an outbreak there back in 2005 because of a bunch of prize idiots well-meaning parents who decided to not have their kids vaccinated.
Now imagine if thatIndiana is battling its second measles outbreak in two years, even though its vaccination rate exceeds the national average. Health officials say the cases, traced to a Super Bowl event, illustrate just how vulnerable the public is to exposure from sources at home and abroad.The 13 cases confirmed this month by state health officials have been confined to two counties, Boone and Hamilton. But all cases are linked to two infected people who visited the Super Bowl Village together on Feb. 3, prompting Indiana officials to reach out to health departments in New York and Massachusetts - home of the participating New England Patriots and New York Giants - for fear that the outbreak could spread across state lines.
"Over a four-week period in May-June 2005, a large measles outbreak occurred in Indiana. While measles transmission was eliminated from the United States in 2001 by high vaccination levels, globally measles causes 30 to 40 million cases and 530,000 deaths annually worldwide. The source of the Indiana outbreak was an unvaccinated teenager who had just returned from Romania where a large measles outbreak is currently occurring. Most of the 34 Indiana cases were children whose parents had declined to have them vaccinated. There were three hospitalizations, including one person who required mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit. Strenuous containment efforts were required to prevent the outbreak from spreading further. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has long-standing recommendations that children, foreign travelers, and healthcare workers should be vaccinated against measles. Had these recommendations been followed, the outbreak would not have occurred."I guess we still need to ask the question - "Is our parents learning?"