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