Monday mbalimbali: Measles edition
2 February 2015
- A Bard college student who “tested positive for measles was contagious when he boarded an Amtrak train last Sunday and potentially exposed thousands of travelers to the infection.”
- According to the CDC, as of January 28, there were 84 people in 14 states in the U.S. reported to have measles.
- On the causes of the outbreak, some are blaming anti-vaxxers, a derogatory, catch-all term for people who choose — despite the litany of evidence that vaccines are safe and effective — not to vaccinate themselves or their children.
- Others are pointing to overseas travel as the major cause of the outbreak.
- Naturally, Vox.com is hedging its bets, saying it could be both anti-vaxxers and overseas travel.
- In the wake of the outbreak, Bard College is reportedly requiring students show proof of vaccination, get vaccinated, or stay off campus for 21 days.
- Beyond the Bard campus, doctors are refusing to see children whose parents refuse vaccination.