The devastating impact of vaccine deniers, in one measles chart
Geege Schuman stashed this in Health Studies
Why this year in particular?
I don't know but I wonder what 2015 will look like.
It's still at just 600 cases so in theory it can be contained?
It's over 800 cases now.
And although the United States successfully eradicated it — meaning that despite occasional outbreaks, measles doesn't move through the population continuously — there's no guarantee it will stay that way.
That's what happened in the United Kingdom, where measles was wiped out but is now endemic again.
"It can definitely come back," Meissner told me. "And then because this is probably the most infectious of all the known viruses or illnesses — we say that about 90 percent of people who are not immune and who are exposed to measles will get it—that's a higher number than for any illness, even influenza. It's one of the most infectious or transmissible viruses that we're aware of."
Measles is already one of the leading causes of death among young children worldwide. About 400 people die from the virus each day — that's about 16 deaths every hour, according to the WHO.
90% of people exposed to it get it?! Geez, why is it not spreading faster??
Btw the Penn and Teller bit about this is worth 90 seconds of watching.
Yeah, that's an excellent illustration of the point.