Measles should be completely eradicated in the United States, as it is a first world country where almost everyone has access to basic healthcare, but that does not seem to be the case in Minnesota.
Seven more cases of measles have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people infected to seven.
The largest pool seems to be found in the Somali community, with 34 out of the total of 41 people are Somali, who are not fond of vaccinations.
39 out of the total 41 infected have not received their MMR vaccine, which is what the Minnesota Health officials are attributing to making them so susceptible to the disease.
Measles has no jumped to infecting an adult for the first time since the outbreak.
This horrible measles outbreak is putting the rest of the country at risk, particularly those who are not vaccinated.
Mike Osterholm, “Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, or CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota and coauthor of the new book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs” told Outbreak News This Week Radio Show on April 30 that is one of the reasons “this outbreak is expected to grow:”
Yes, we are in the middle of a horrible measles outbreak right now in Minnesota, it is primarily in the Somali population, which when you think about it in 2008, the Somali population’s level of measles immunization exceeded that of the rest of the state of Minnesota. And then several cases of autism occurred in Somali children and Dr. Wakefield, Andrew Wakefield, who was the person who perpetrated the fraudulent study on the world saying that measles vaccine caused autism, you know that study has since been basically rebuked by any number of authorities and literally removed from the medical journal, he lost his medical license–and he’s actually made several trips here to Minnesota to tell the Somalis that this is where it came from the measles vaccine.
As a result, from 2008 and to today, the rate of immunization has dropped dramatically because of their concern about children getting autism. “Well that just laid us wide open for the first introduction of measles virus into this area. And we’re talking about many thousands of kids who are potentially at risk for not having been vaccinated and culturally it’s hard to get them vaccinated, so we are expecting this measles outbreak to grow substantially,” Osterholm concluded.