I’m having trouble finding a lot of time to blog right now, being very busy with work and paper revisions, but despite the flood of stuff I’ve let slip past I simply couldn’t let this go: it turns out that the measles has resurfaced in the United States with 127 cases popping up in 15 states (the largest outbreak in 10 years, apparently). The measles had been declared as eradicated in the US in the early 2000s, but now it seems that herd immunity is dropping to the point where it can get a foothold again. (Orac also points to the contributions of “Doctor” Wakefield, who helped make measles endemic in the U.K. once again).
So let me add my thanks to Jenny McCarthy, who has been a vocal figurehead of the anti-vaccination movement that has played a part in this disease revisiting us. And if her lunacy spreads up here to Canada, then there are going to be a lot more harsh words for Jenny coming from me; when people start dying, I’m going to suggest that they leave the bodies at her door.
(In case you’re wondering, yes, the measles can be fatal: a quick Google search gives estimates ranging from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 2500-5000, but it doesn’t really matter. We can vaccinate people against this! Noone should die!)