Epidemic is only a plane ride away

A reminder that our cosmopolitan world works wonders for germs, even in some of our least modern citizens.

Measles outbreak traced to Amish.

Sixteen confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease have shown up around the Knox County village of Danville, less than 20 miles south of Richland County. Four members of an Amish community there recently traveled to the Philippines and are believed to have infected family members with the measles upon their return.

The travelers were not vaccinated against the measles, a disease characterized by a bright rash, and the Philippines is grappling with a measles epidemic that has afflicted about 20,000 people there, killing at least 50.

Health officials in Richland and surrounding counties are now wasting no time in attempting to get ahead of the outbreak here

The four people from the Danville area went to the Philippines on a trip sponsored by Christian Aid Ministries, an Amish group based in Berlin. Although the organization has several more such missions planned, the suspected measles outbreak reportedly has altered those plans.

U.S. travelers to the Philippines are not required to obtain any vaccinations, although common ones such as the MMR are recommended by the CDC, while the agency advises vaccines against hepatitis A and typhoid as well because of contaminated food and water supplies in that country.

The majority of Amish DO vaccinate their children. It’s a myth that they don’t and (therefore) have lower autism rates. Amish that do not vaccinate reflect the same reasoning that other non-Amish do. But that’s a dangerously ignorant view.

They seem to be open to acceptance of reality. Amish Seek Measles Shots After Ohio Outbreak Sickens 15 – NBC News.com.

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  2 comments for “Epidemic is only a plane ride away

  1. xxi_centuryboy@yahoo.com
    April 28, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    I live around this area and the Amish are a huge tourist attraction. Kind of like a human petting zoo that smells funny and makes cheese. They are nice people but want to live in some weird reality that ignores modernity. Thousands of people visit this area every day, especially since it is finally warming up. I smell epidemic.

  2. RDW
    May 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    The Amish people I’ve encountered in my travels have all seemed very polite and quite likable. They’re history of hard work and communal effort put forth for the betterment of their entire community should be emulated, as I view it. I certainly hope no epidemics plague them.

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