Possible first measles death in Wales epidemic

The Wakefield effect? We’ll have to see.

BBC News – Swansea measles epidemic: Man who died had measles.

The 25-year-old, named locally as Gareth Williams, was found dead at a flat on Thursday.

Public Health Wales (PHW), which is tackling an epidemic of more than 800 cases, said tests confirmed only that the man had measles at the time of his death.

If confirmed, it would be the first death in the measles epidemic.

808 cases of measles have been confirmed so far in the Swansea epidemic. MMR vaccines for those who have not had two are being offered in schools in Wales. But not enough people are getting them. Thanks Andrew Wakefield.

Discredited researcher, former doctor, Andrew Wakefield was responsible for lighting and stoking the fear over vaccinations in the U.K. that resulted in a decline in vaccination rates. This lowered rate of vaccination certainly played a part in the spread in Wales. Wakefield, however, blames the government and still contends there is a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism after numerous solid studies have show this is untrue. Rates are on their way back up. Hopefully.

This news of a probable preventable death may lead to more getting vaccinated.

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  2 comments for “Possible first measles death in Wales epidemic

  1. April 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Wakefield is still a doctor, as far as I know–he was awarded a doctorate which has not to my knowledge been revoked. He just isn’t a licensed physician in the UK.

  2. Sockatume
    April 22, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    The accepted sense of the phrase “a doctor” is “a medical doctor”. I don’t imagine that most people who hold doctorates, but do not practice medicine, would describe themselves as “doctors”. I certainly wouldn’t describe myself that way.

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