Following Wakefield’s Lancet publication, numerous large-scale studies were conducted which profoundly refuted the link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
Shortly after the original publication in the Lancet, 10 of the 12 authors removed themselves from the case study and the Lancet retracted the article in February 2010, admitting the failure to disclose the financial interests of Dr.
The Rockland County Health Department has dealt with an eight-month outbreak leading to a total of 259 confirmed cases.
Even more startling than the number of cases is the fact that more than 79% of those infected have not been vaccinated with even one dose of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that from January 1 to May 31, 2019, 981** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 26 states.
The CDC states that this is the greatest number of cases reported in the U. since 1994, and since 2000 when measles was declared eliminated in the U. The resurgence of measles is no coincidence; the story begins with a fraudulent (and now unlicensed) doctor and ends with the public mistakenly believing that measles is just a “harmless childhood disease.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. Bruce Farber, Chief of Infectious Diseases at North Shore University Hospital, delivered an important comment to Newsday regarding this measles case: “There are cases cropping up all over and the solution is vaccination… It is one of the most contagious, if not the most contagious infectious disease.” Dr.
So how on earth did this misconception of measles being a “harmless childhood disease” come to be?
It all started with the fraudulent activity of a former British Gastroenterologist, Dr.
The measles virus, described since the 9th century, is a highly communicable infection of the nose and throat which spreads through coughing and sneezing and is airborne for up to two hours.
The CDC reports that “measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.” More than 92% of the population must be vaccinated against measles to maintain “herd” immunity against this virus which spreads like wildfire.