Measles kills one to two children out of every 1,000 infected.
Perhaps the worse complication associated with measles is Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a rare but fatal central nervous system disease which develops 7 to 10 years after a person has been infected with measles.
The Rockland County Health Department has dealt with an eight-month outbreak leading to a total of 259 confirmed cases.
Even more startling than the number of cases is the fact that more than 79% of those infected have not been vaccinated with even one dose of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
The measles virus, described since the 9th century, is a highly communicable infection of the nose and throat which spreads through coughing and sneezing and is airborne for up to two hours.
The CDC reports that “measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.” More than 92% of the population must be vaccinated against measles to maintain “herd” immunity against this virus which spreads like wildfire.So how on earth did this misconception of measles being a “harmless childhood disease” come to be?It all started with the fraudulent activity of a former British Gastroenterologist, Dr.Andrew Wakefield who was a paid expert for parents in litigation with manufactures of the MMR vaccine over claims that it caused their children’s autism.What’s more is that Wakefield was submitting a patent for his own version of the MMR vaccine. Andrew Wakefield was stripped of his medical license; he currently resides in Texas and often contributes commentary for the anti-vaccine movement which has named him their martyr.“Scientists who publish their research have an ethical responsibility to ensure the highest standards of research design, data collection, data analysis, data reporting, and interpretation of findings; there can be no compromises because any error, any deceit, can result in harm to patients as well harm to the cause of science, as the Wakefield saga so aptly reveals.We sincerely hope that researchers will keep this ethical responsibility in mind when they submit their manuscripts...” You can stay up-to-date about Rockland County’s measles outbreak here: You can read the Newsday article which quoted Dr.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that from January 1 to May 31, 2019, 981** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 26 states.The CDC states that this is the greatest number of cases reported in the U. since 1994, and since 2000 when measles was declared eliminated in the U. The resurgence of measles is no coincidence; the story begins with a fraudulent (and now unlicensed) doctor and ends with the public mistakenly believing that measles is just a “harmless childhood disease.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. Bruce Farber, Chief of Infectious Diseases at North Shore University Hospital, delivered an important comment to Newsday regarding this measles case: “There are cases cropping up all over and the solution is vaccination… It is one of the most contagious, if not the most contagious infectious disease.” Dr.Even further back, Andres Guadamuz recommended one of my own pieces, in his note The Player of Games (2012).Here’s what I wrote last year (2017), first published at Jotwell (in which, by coincidence, I also talk about Edwards and Veale): Mireille Hildebrandt’s forthcoming article is a companion piece to her Chorley Lecture of 2015.