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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 03:13 PM

142,000 died from measles last year, WHO estimates

Source: The Guardian

The worldwide surge in deadly measles outbreaks is showing no sign of abating, with nearly 10 million cases and 142,000 deaths last year, according to new estimates, and three times more cases reported so far this year than at the same stage in 2018.

Most of those dying are small children, and thousands more suffer harm including pneumonia and brain damage. New scientific evidence shows survivors are at greater risk soon afterwards because their immune system is impaired.

Anti-vax misinformation spread through social media is contributing to a rise in cases in affluent countries such as the UK and US, while problems in health services play a big part elsewhere. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where not enough children have been immunised because of conflict and low-quality health services, more than 4,500 people have died from measles this year more than the death toll from Ebola.

Samoa is in the grip of an island-wide outbreak that has killed 60 people after parents lost confidence in vaccination following the deaths of two children from a wrongly mixed vaccine last year. Anti-vax activists appear to have stoked the doubt; Robert F Kennedy Jr, a prominent anti-vaxxer, visited the island in June.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/05/142000-died-from-measles-last-year-who-estimates

Anti-vaxxers weren't the first problem in Samoa, but Kennedy went there to take advantage:

Vaccination rates - meaning the number of young children covered - recently dropped to a low of only 31% in Samoa, compared to 99% in nearby Nauru, Niue, and Cook Islands.

In part, that low rate has been attributed to the deaths of two children.

In July 2018, two infants died in Samoa after receiving vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella, raising local fears over the vaccine itself.

But the deaths were later established to have been due to the nurses mixing the vaccine with an expired muscle relaxant, instead of water.

The two nurses pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to five years in prison.


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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 03:20 PM

1. In 2019, over 1200 cases of measles have been confirmed in the U.S.

This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 (CDC). The majority of cases are among people who were not vaccinated against measles. (CDC)

This is why I give ant-vaxxers the precise same amount of validity as I do Holocaust deniers and flat-earthers: a blatant and abject denial of objective data and established peer-review.

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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 11:00 PM

2. Darla Shine, wife of the White House comms director, says #BringBackOurChildhoodDiseases though

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