First American measles death in over a decade

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.

Measles kills first patient in 12 years.

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.

Source: Clallam Co. woman dies of 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.

  4 comments for “First American measles death in over a decade

  1. Perry
    July 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    “Most of those who are infected and die are less than five years old.”

    Exactly. Do a google image search for measles. Most of the photos are of suffering children. At least California just ended parental personal and religious beliefs exemptions for vaccinating their children, finally putting children’s rights ahead of parental rights, at least on this issue.

    In 2013, there were 145 700 measles deaths globally.

    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs286/en/

  2. BobM
    July 2, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Unfortunately as several commentators have pointed out, there is still a lot of wriggle room in the California legislation.

  3. Louise Johnson
    July 6, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    She had the measles vaccine in the past, but its irrelevant. Her immune system was compromised, so she couldn’t make enough antibodies to fight the virus.
    However, if the carrier had been vaccinated, he or she would have had nothing to pass along.

  4. Dave G
    July 8, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    So much for “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.”

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