Measles outbreaks in Europe are risk to travelers thanks to antivax attitudes

CDC warns U.S. travelers to London Olympics of measles risk – USATODAY.com.

Health officials are bracing for the possibility of a measles outbreak in the USA, fueled by unvaccinated American tourists returning home from this summer’s Olympic Games.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the Olympics in London, as well as the Euro 2012 soccer cup in Poland and Ukraine, will be huge draws for American travelers and will increase the risk for measles infection. The virus is much more prevalent in Europe, leading to eight deaths and 26,000 illnesses last year.

“Disease knows no borders,” said Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Global Immunization Division. “We are concerned about Americans coming back from the Olympics this summer and unknowingly infecting others.”

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The article mentions high rates of cases in England and Wales and a large outbreak in the Ukraine now. It also mentions the cause of the outbreaks as related to Wakefield’s discredited work. Amazing how much damage that spread.

  4 comments for “Measles outbreaks in Europe are risk to travelers thanks to antivax attitudes

  1. Netski
    March 21, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Hi there,

    can you please tell me, of those 26,000 cases of measles, how many were in unvaccinated persons?

    Of the 8 deaths, can you tell me how many persons were otherwise healthy?

    Cheers

    • March 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

      You need to do your own research, this is not a site that collects such information.

    • Dawn
      March 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      Or vitamin A deficient. ;)

  2. Dawn
    March 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I feel like taking a trip abroad since I missed the “big measles epidemic” here in the US. My daughter has this eczema problem I can’t seem to shake. I know that measles usually cures allergies, eczema, and other chronic health issues, and I’d love to get her exposed. I even saw on pubmed that they are testing measles as a cure for cancers! I wonder though, would that not work if someone were vaccinated? Hmmm…..

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