Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Today's link post is about the subject that measles is nothing to sneeze at.

What measles is. Note the death part

Measles is caused by a virus that normally grows in cells that line the back of the throat and line the lungs. It spreads through contact with a sneezing, coughing, infected person.

Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. But about 1 in 5 measles sufferers experience more severe illness that can include diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and even seizures and death.

Again, measles can kill children.

Measles remains a leading cause of death among children in poor countries, killing about 250,000 people a year globally.

Really, vaccinate your kids.
Nobody wants an outbreak of the measles.

"What concerns me is the trend of more and more people not vaccinating their children because of fears that vaccines cause autism — although no studies have proven this to be true," Dr. Joseph Rahimian, an infectious disease specialist at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, told FOXNews.com in May.

Last month British health officials said measles had become an epidemic in that country for the first time since the mid-1990s due to parents not getting their children vaccinated.

"With the whole debate about vaccines — and now parents due to their personal beliefs not vaccinating their children — what we are seeing now is that we are going to have these epidemic outbreaks throughout the country," said Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing editor of health at FOXNews.com.

"If this continues, we will see outbreaks throughout the entire developed world — something we have never seen before," he added.

There should be a public health campaign- "Not vaccinating your kids? That's a dick move". It's mean, but being mean never gave anyone seizures and death. Death- not something people appreciate- especially people in poor neighborhoods with immune systems run down by stress, poor nutrition and disease, and of course, our people living with AIDs. Yes, your child can transmit the measles.

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