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Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:43 AM

CDC update: Measles cases up to 839.

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:05 PM

Monday's CDC Update: We're up to 880 cases now.

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The worst measles outbreak in the United States in 25 years has spread to Oklahoma, federal health officials said on Monday as they reported 41 new cases nationwide, raising the total number sickened this year to 880 people.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 4.9% increase in the number of measles cases from May 10 to May 17 in an outbreak that has now reached 24 states. The agency has been providing weekly updates every Monday.

The CDC said there had been one confirmed case in Oklahoma.

Most of the new cases were in New York, CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said, with 21 cases recorded in New York City and nine in Rockland County.

Health experts say the virus has spread among school-age children whose parents declined to give them the vaccine, which confers immunity to the disease. A vocal fringe of U.S. parents, some in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, cite concerns that the vaccine may cause autism, despite scientific studies that have debunked such claims.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:03 PM

The U.S. is zeroing in on 1,000 confirmed cases.

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The United States risks losing its measles “elimination status” if current outbreaks continue, US health authorities said Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday there have been 971 cases of measles reported in the US so far this year, which means more people have caught the disease in the last five months than in any entire calendar year since 1992, which saw 963 reported cases.
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Authorities declared measles eliminated in the US in 2000, a goal set in 1966 with the introduction of the vaccine.

Measles is considered eliminated when there is an absence of continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more in a specific geographic area, according to the CDC.

An ongoing outbreak in and around New York City that started last fall is threatening the US’s “elimination status” — if it continues for four more months, the country will no longer be able to say it has eliminated measles.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 12:17 AM

View PostLFC, on 31 May 2019 - 12:03 PM, said:


Me, I'd call adding more zeros zeroing out.
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Posted 06 June 2019 - 10:27 AM

The U.S. has broken 1,000 measles cases.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that 1,001 cases of measles have been reported so far in the U.S. throughout 2019.

That number is all but certain to continue climbing in the second half of the year. Last week, the CDC warned that U.S. measles cases had reached a 25-year high—with more measles infections reported than any year since 1994, when 958 cases occurred. The CDC said at the time that if the outbreaks continue to spread, the U.S. risks losing the elimination status it has held since 2000, when the agency declared that measles was effectively eradicated in the country due to the “absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months.”

Per CNN, more than half of states have reported cases so far in 2019. But most of them have been in New York state, with major outbreaks centered around Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens (566 since September 2018, according to the New York City Health Department) as well as Rockland County further upstate. Nearly 700 of the cases reported this year are located in New York. Washington state’s Clark County had the second largest outbreak at more than 70 cases, CNN added, while another outbreak of 44 cases in Michigan (all but four in Oakland County) was recently declared over by health officials.

Measles was once a terror, with the CDC estimating that three to four million individuals in the U.S. came down with the virus annually before a vaccine was released in 1963, resulting in 48,000 hospitalizations and 400-500 deaths a year. Close to all children had a measles infection by the age of 15.

In 2014, the CDC estimated that vaccinations administered to children born during the 20-year era since the beginning of the Vaccines for Children Program in 1994 had stopped 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths in their lifetimes. That program was partially launched in response to hundreds of deaths from the measles virus over the years 1989-1991.


So in other words vaccines destroyed the good old days.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 10:14 AM

Another moron celebrity comes out of the No Data / No Thought Zone to spout anti-vaxxer nonsense.

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On Tuesday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental activist whose recent work has focused increasingly on baseless allegations that vaccines are unsafe and can injure a statistically minuscule population of “medically fragile” children, appeared at the California State Assembly beside an unlikely scene partner: actress Jessica Biel. In a series of Instagram posts, first reported in Jezebel by Anna Merlan, the two posed with activists, legislators, and miscellaneous bureaucratic architecture. In the caption, Kennedy called Biel “courageous.”

The duo had come to lobby against SB 276, a California state bill that would limit medical exemptions from vaccinations without approval from a state public-health officer. The bill has been decried by anti-vaxx advocates like Kennedy and vaguely critiqued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, over official estimations that it would reduce medical exemptions by nearly 40 percent.

Although reports circulated in 2015 that Biel and her husband, Justin Timberlake, did not plan to vaccinate their kids (“She feels that vaccination could cause complications,” a source told In Touch Weekly), Biel has never publicly commented on the vaccination debate. But on a phone call with The Daily Beast, Kennedy confirmed that the actress, whose past controversial opinions include insisting it is a “struggle” to get roles because she is too sexy, was “upset about this issue because of its particular cruelty.”

Kennedy, who takes issue with the label “anti-vaxx”—which he deems “pharmaceutical propaganda” and “a lie”—declined to align Biel with the controversial movement. “I would say that she was for safe vaccines and for medical freedom,” Kennedy said, before echoing an anti-vaxx rallying cry: “My body, my choice.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 07:40 AM

More on Jessica Biel's attempt to murder children, the elderly, and the immunosuppressed by making vaccines less effective in our society through broad opt out loopholes. (Too harsh? Yeah I don't think so either.) I thought this first paragraph below was a good description of the "I'm not an anti-vaxxer but..." defense.

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In a statement on Instagram early Thursday morning, Biel attempted to refute the label “anti-vaxxer,” despite having lobbied alongside Kennedy, the founder of the Children’s Health Defense, an alleged medical organization which devotes significant efforts to making factually-incorrect claims about the levels of mercury in vaccinations and their safety for infant use. “I am not against vaccinations” Biel wrote. “I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians.” (As NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny noted of Biel’s statement, “Important for those not versed in anti-vaxx talking points: anti-vaxx activists say ‘I am not against vaccines,’ preferring language like ‘pro-choice’ or ‘skeptic’ etc etc. Biel’s Insta post isn't a walk back and it isn't ‘setting the record straight.’ It's a basic confirmation.”

Meanwhile, Jezebel’s Anna Merlan spoke to a legislative staffer who attended Biel’s meeting with California State lawmakers, and who said that “some of what Biel discussed did center around her own personal concerns regarding vaccines.”

“Jessica said that her doctor recommended the regular vaccine schedule for her kid and she refused,” the staffer told Merlan, adding, “She practically admitted to doctor shopping, which SB 276 is trying to prevent. She said she wants safe vaccines and mentioned ‘corporations’ a lot.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 10:47 AM

The CA state senator that authored the bill Jessica Biel opposed and one in 2015 has a recall petition filed against him. I doubt enough signatures will be gathered this time. Last time around he got death threats too.

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 01:59 PM

For those of us who don't remember, measles epidemics came around roughly every five years in the USA as the susceptible population rebuilt after the previous one.
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