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Monday, March 25, 2024

Measles and Trump

In The Politics of Autism, I analyze the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism. This bogus idea can hurt people by allowing diseases to spread   Examples include measlesCOVID, flu, and polio.

In Iowa, Nevada, Virginia, and Georgia, Trump has said:  "I will not give one penny to any school that has a vaccine mandate or a mask mandate."

Linda Searing at WP:

An outbreak of measles — a highly contagious disease thought to have been eliminated from the United States by the year 2000 — had resulted in at least 64 recorded cases nationwide by late last week, more than the total (58) reported for all of last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week, Jesse Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association, said in a statement that “the rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. has declined since 2019 — putting more people at risk of illness, disability and death.”

Alexander Tin at CBS:

Measles cases that turned up in at least three states this year were linked to visits to Florida, federal and state investigators said, according to a report by CBS News.

Health department officials in Florida believe that cases from earlier in the year from Indiana and Louisiana may have originated in the Sunshine State, according to messages sent between local investigators and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Louisiana previously said its first two measles cases in 2024 in the New Orleans were linked to travel to another state, but didn’t say which one.

A patient in Ohio also was also treated for measles after visiting Florida, officials said.