The moral of the story, kids, is get vaccinated.
Unvaccinated children will be banned from entering public spaces for the next 30 days. And, honestly, I see no problem with this.
Antivaxx trends and complacency are bringing back a disease from the brink of eradication.
In other places, such as Europe, measles is resurfacing because parents are refusing to vaccinate their children.
We’re all in this together — we can’t let the diseases win.
Romania has a lesson for the entire world.
Non-medical exemptions and widespread misinformation are to blame.
It’s the first case in the state since 1997.
People love Roald Dahl’s creations (such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda) for their creativity and sense of humor, but Dahl had his own share of tragedy.
In 2000, the CDC declared measles as eradicated in the US, meaning there was no more endemic transmission. That doesn’t mean though, that it can’t creep out from time to time, especially in communities where heard immunity is poor because of low rates of vaccination. This is attested by a woman who unfortunately died of the virus, making it a first in twelve years. The woman was taking medications that suppressed her immune system due to other conditions, and this made it very difficult for her body to fight another infection.
Four years ago, a vocal anti vaccine activist and a biologist by training challenged not only established medical science, but common sense. The man in question, Stefan Lanka, offered $100,000 to anyone who could prove the measles virus exists. Yes, the virus that used to infect millions of children and young adults hilariously doesn’t exist in Lanka’s view. David Barden, a German doctor, took it upon himself to battle the windmills. He mailed Lanka the most up-to-date and comprehensive research on measles. Unsurprisingly, Lanka dismissed them, but the German court thought otherwise. To them, the existence of measles is obvious and ordered the man to pay up the $106,000 he had promised.