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Friday, November 28, 2008

Measles Epidemic

Experts fear a measles epidemic is developing in Europe, thanks to the fact that fewer children are being inoculated against the virus. After a scientist suggested the measles "jab" might lead to autism in children, fewer parents had their kids treated. Now, those children are prey, not only to measles, but also rubella and mumps.

Measles is highly infectious and hard to detect before the tell-tale rash develops. It can lead to encephalitis and pneumonia, even in healthy children. While more recent studies suggest there is no link between the immunization shot and autism, immunizations have still dropped by at least 10%.

At the time of this writing, there have been almost 1050 cases of measles in England and Wales - well over the fewer than 1000 cases from last year and the largest number recorded since new testing measures were put into place in 1995.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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