Anti-vax sites say that death of measles is so rare, it’s barely worth talking about. Until a totally preventable death rolls around. And why ignore all the hospitalizations and complications from measles – also preventable with vaccinations. If less people get vaccinated, measles will spread and MORE deaths than one or two will occur.
This is ironic as California has just passed their strict vaccination law and celebrity big mouth know-nothings like Jim Carrey spout off about “toxic” vaccines. Measles immunization is part of the MMR vaccination that many still wrongly link to autism. There is no such link.
This is big news and pretty sad, at that.
The USA has suffered its first measles death in 12 years, according to Washington state health officials.
The woman was probably exposed to measles at a medical facility during a measles outbreak this spring, according to the health department. She was at the hospital at the same time as a patient who later developed a rash and was diagnosed with measles. Patients with measles can spread the virus even before showing symptoms.
The woman’s death was a preventable, but predictable, consequence of falling vaccination rates, said Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston.
It was during the autopsy that they found out the woman had measles. She initially died of pneumonia, which is a very common complication and the most common cause of death of measles. Due to medication the woman was taking, which suppressed her immune system, the virus went undetected until after her death.
DOH spokesman Donn Moyer said the woman was likely exposed at a local medical facility during a recent outbreak in Clallam County. She was there at the same time as a person who later developed a rash and was contagious for measles.
Had she been vaccinated, she would have lived. How many people did she encounter that were exposed to the disease?
Measles is highly contagious; there is no cure. Before immunization in the United States between three and four million cases occurred each year. Most of those who are infected and die are less than five years old.
The last measles related death in America was back in 2003 according to the CDC.