Saturday, April 6, 2019

Following the measles outbreak in the U.S. and Michigan

Not only is the 2018-2019 flu season underway, but there are measles outbreaks in the United States going on right now, this after the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.  For an overview, watch How the anti-vax movement brought the measles back from near extinction from USA Today.

Measles, mumps and rubella: Why are we starting to see the return of these diseases in the U.S.? It begins with the anti-vax movement.

A measles outbreak in Rockland County, New York, has forced officials to declare a state of emergency in the sixth and largest outbreak across the United States this year, according to the CDC. The New York County has identified 157 measles cases since October, causing health officials to ban anyone under 18 and not vaccinated against measles from public places. The ban will last for 30 days or until the entire community is vaccinated.
Rockland County in New York may have the largest and best publicized outbreak in the country, but it isn't the only one.  Another one is taking place in the Michigan where I live and work.  In fact, the center of the outbreak is only a mile away from where I do most of my teaching.  WDIV reported on the outbreak last week in Tracking the measles outbreak.

There has been a outbreak of the measles virus in Oakland county, with 18 confirmed cases since March 13.
I shop at the Meijer shown in the video, which is on the way home from work, so this really hits close to home.

Since then, the outbreak has spread, as Fox 47 in Lansing reported earlier this week in Michigan measles outbreak growing.

After several new confirmed cases of measles in Michigan, State Health officials are closely watching the outbreak of the virus thought to be long gone in the United States.
I'm sure I was vaccinated as a kid in California more than 50 years ago, but I don't know if I got a booster.  I think I will call my mom to see if she remembers.

In the meantime, stay tuned for this year's nominees for the Coffee Party Entertainment Awards for movies.  Politics and entertainment!



    "During the measles outbreak in California in 2015, a large number of suspected cases occurred in recent vaccinees ( 3 ). Of the 194 measles virus sequences obtained in the United States in 2015, 73 were identified as vaccine sequences (R. J. McNall, unpublished data). In contrast, only 11 of 542 cases genotyped in the National Reference Center for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella in Germany were associated with the vaccine virus."

    In other words, 38% of the measles cases in the US were actually from the Measles vaccine itself.

    1. I was wondering why people kept asking how many of the people in the ongoing outbreaks were vaccinated. I thought it was about effectiveness. Your comment means they were asking about vaccine reactions. Thanks for clearing that up.

      That written, the article you quoted still thinks vaccinations are important, so it undercuts any anti-vaccine message.

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    3. That is interesting. I suspect something may be at work similar to the phenomenon described in Your Environment Is Cleaner. Your Immune System Has Never Been So Unprepared. Just the same, these results need to be replicated and the likely mechanisms described.