Rock on, old diseases!
A young woman at that concert in Seattle has come down with measles, which can be spread for days by a person who’s infected but not yet sick. That’s bad news for the thousands of people who shared the concert hall with her, or were at the many other places she went that week.
The young woman became contagious on March 26, after visiting a family with measles cases that were linked to an outbreak in British Columbia. Unaware she was infected, she went to work at a bakery, filled her car up at a gas station, went to the concert, went to Pike Place Market and went out for sushi. All the while she was spreading viruses in the air.
It takes one week to 17 days after exposure to become ill, so people who were at the Key Arena for that concert might still get sick this week.
Not surprising. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. The current outbreaks are blamed on anti-vaccination sentiment that has allowed a return of a little known condition that causes harm, even possibly death.
We could have had it licked by now. If only…
Tip: Skeptical Inquirer