A measles outbreak is sweeping Portland, an access point to the anti-vaccination movement, and neighboring Clark County in Washington state.
Clark County Public Health has declared a public health emergency, reporting at least 23 confirmed cases and seven suspected cases of measles in the area since the new year. At least 20 of these people are not vaccinated. Eighteen of them are young children between one and 10 years old.
The health department has published a long list of places where infected people have visited churches, schools, hospitals, parts of the Portland International Airport, an IKEA and even a basketball game of the Portland Trail Blazers.
However, "people who believe they have symptoms of measles should not "Go directly to doctors' offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless you have a medical emergency) without giving advance notice."
Measles It is a highly infectious viral disease that causes fever, cough and nasal congestion, followed by a characteristic red rash that begins on the face and then spreads throughout the body. It still causes around 110,000 deaths each year, especially in Africa and Asia, although it can be prevented through a highly effective vaccine developed in 1963.
In the USA UU., 2 percent of children did not receive standard immunizations for reasons not medically exempt in the 2017-2018 school year. However, in Clark County, it was almost 8 percent of children, according to state records seen by The Washington Post. Of these, only 1 percent had medical exemptions, while 7 percent opposed "personal or religious reasons."
"It's really horrible, tragic and totally preventable," Peter J Hotez, professor of pediatrics and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, told The Post. "Portland is a total train disaster when it comes to vaccination rates."
Many of these objections stem from the anti-vaccine movement, recently declared One of the greatest threats to humanity on the part of the World Health Organization. Due to its disgusting resurgence in Europe and the USA. UU., There has been a global increase of 30 percent in outbreaks of measles. In 2018, EE. UU It had the second highest number of cases since measles was officially eliminated in 2000. A study last year revealed that the price paid by a city's public health system for an outbreak is around $ 400,000.
Needless to say, everything is based on total garbage. In 1998, Andrew Wakefield published a document claiming to have linked the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) with the onset of autism. Since then, the document has been completely withdrawn from the medical journal and Wakefield was barred from practicing as a doctor in the United Kingdom.
His work has been since then. described by scientists as "the most damaging medical deception of the last 100 years". However, the idea stops dying, and continues to make a lot of very rich people