Measles ride again


Those people who warn against vaccinating kids?  They are laying low today.  They didn’t pick up the New York Times as they usually do on a Sunday — they don’t want to know.

You may want to know, however.

More than 1,100 deaths from measles have been reported among 64,000 known cases in Africa the last year, it said. Chad, Nigeria and Zimbabwe have had the largest outbreaks.

“There is a widespread resurgence of measles with these outbreaks in over 30 African countries, some of which are seeing very high case fatality ratios,” WHO expert Peter Strebel told a news briefing.

Some 8,000 migrant children in Bulgaria also had the highly-contagious disease during the period, he said.

Measles deaths among children under five years old fell to 118,000 in 2008 from 733,000 in 2000, according to the United Nations agency’s latest figures.

But the WHO warned that a lack of funding and political commitment could result in a return to more than 500,000 cases measles deaths per year by 2012, wiping out the gains to date.

Avoiding vaccinations for measles suddenly may not be a great idea.

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2 Responses to Measles ride again

  1. Ellie says:

    I’m old, born long before there was a vaccine for measles. I had measles when I was four — caught it in the hospital. I was sick for a very long time — photosensitivity which bothers me to this day, ear infection, high fever. Had to stay in a dark room, could only peek out the window and say hello to my playmates when the street lights first came on. Oh, those precious few moments between the lights turning on on and when everyone scattering for home! A few years ago, some nut on the AOL boards told me I contracted measles because of poor hygiene — apparently thinking that back in the Dark Ages of 1951, nobody knew enough to wash their hands, or bathe, or eat vegetables, and we all lived in caves. I don’t want to see measles come back. I don’t remember too many things from when I was four years old, but I certainly remember that. The memory (and the sensitivity to light) will remain with me always. At least I survived. Not all children were that lucky.

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