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Measles Is Back, For The Most Cases Since 1994 by The Elephant's Child
November 17, 2014, 8:01 pm
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Business Insider is reporting an unusual number of measles cases, a disease we thought we had banished, in the U.S. Measles is an entirely preventable disease, we have an effective  vaccination. The CDC has documented 603 cases of measles spread out across 22 states, for the highest count since 1994.

The virus is still rampant in other countries, and remains a leading cause of death in children. Globally, more than 20 million people get measles each year, and of those infected, about 145,700 died in 2013.

Some parents in this country are hesitant to have their children vaccinated. A British doctor, subsequently barred from the practice of medicine, suggested that vaccinations were the cause of autism, and has drawn a small cult following. But conspiracy theories did reduce the rates of vaccination. With world travel, there is also the opportunity of contracting the disease abroad. The influx of children from Central America in the border surge this summer has meant that few were returned to their country of origin and most were scattered out through the states and enrolled in schools.

The first measles vaccines were approved in 1963. Even in the 1950s the highly contagious  disease was still killing about 450 people each year, mostly children. This year we have the most cases since 1964.

There have been seven children who have died from Enterovirus D68, as reported on October 16, but there has been no report since that I can find. The CDC seems to downplay Enterovirus D68 as an ordinary seasonal event, nothing to worry about, and although several children have exhibited polio-like symptoms with paralysis, they call it a non-polio virus.

My trust in information emanating from government agencies is hitting an all-time low, and I am more inclined to assume that they are covering up any bad news that might be out there. I hasten to add that I have no proof of that at all, it is only proof of the decline in trust that may afflict everything this administration does. This is a very bad thing. The president’s inability to accept any blame for anything, or to be considered as having made a mistake, as we all do, is the clear cause.

Government agencies would be making a vast error if they are not completely open about the spread and risks of disease of any sort.

ADDENDUM: Sharyl Attkisson found the information on Enterovirus D68 that I couldn’t find. The U.S death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D68, which primarily strikes young children has reached twelve.

But as the number of lives lost increases, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that most states over the last five weeks have indicated “reduced EV-D68-like illness activity.”

The latest CDC update on the current outbreak of the polio-like Enterovirus D-68 states that it has now been detected “in specimens from twelve patients who died and had samples submitted for testing.” That’s one more death than was disclosed in last week’s update. The CDC account does not provide information as to where the patients died and does not disclose his/her names, ages or other details.

When the case is mild, it may be assumed to be flu or a cold. Not all cases are submitted for testing to determine the cause. Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.

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The problem for the public is when they hear people calling themselves “scientists” saying the world is heading to doomsday and “children soon won’t know what snow is”, and not only are those predictions totally wrong … but those calling themselves “scientists” won’t admit they are wrong.

How can the public know who to trust and who not?


Comment by Mike Haseler

Ronald Reagan said it “Trust but verify.” The government tells us what to eat for good health, but it changes every year. We have a crisis like Ebola, and the CDC seems not to know what they are talking about and everybody is unprepared although they’ve had all sorts of funding to become prepared. They are just ordinary people like the rest of us, but if they are liberal they have a bias towards control and regulation. They are sure that they are smarter than we are, and we need to be controlled. “Follow the Money” probably works as well as any guideline.


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