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Aug 26 2013

Not the Ducks – Measles Doesn’t Believe in Your God

It’s rather weird to think of the Measles as a deadly killer. In fact the problem is it’s not. The chance of you dying from a Measles infection is very very low.

But the fact of the matter is simple. Measles was once one of the biggest killers on the planet. More feared than Polio and with a death toll that makes HIV look like something more quaint. 

Only Smallpox and Malaria have killed more. And why?

Measles is not that deadly but it does kill. And it makes up for lethality by a high transmission rate. At one point, measles was universal. You could not “live” without getting an infection. And roughly 1 in 1000 sufferers die from the disease or complications caused by it (lets ignore the permanent damage for now).

There are 7 billion people on the planet. Had the MMR and Measles vaccine not been invented we would have lost around 7 million lives from this. And this is if everyone had our standard of medicine. Most of the world does not and roughly 1/3 of the world is starving outright. Measles becomes a lot more deadlier in these situations with many  such nations reporting a 50% mortality rate for Measles cases. I repeat this is a universal disease that can kill half the infected if you are poorly fed and have no proper access to medical care.

The morbilivirus has a fitting name. And the way to beat it is so simple and elegant that humanity discovered how to make a crude version for smallpox before we decided to adopt decimalised mathematics in the west.

Texas is now at risk for a Measles outbreak. Why? Because an invention that postdates variolation said so. I am speaking of Christianity. Variolation is the predecessor of the vaccine and it pre-dates the bible by close to a thousand years at the very least.

Terri Pearsons, the daughter of prominent televangelist Kenneth Copeland, and the leader of Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, has long warned followers to stay away from vaccines, promoting the idea that they cause autism. I know of her, her literature is my bread and butter. It’s the Mike Adams “freedom of idea” where wrong ideas are equal to right one because all ideas are equal. Which is why my brick shaped aeroplane is a fitting way to travel and aerodynamics and the aircraft industry are a scam to prevent honest alternative flying specialists such as myself from earning a honest buck.

The un-vaccinated congregation was recently put in danger when a member left the country and came in contact with measles. They then returned to Texas, where they interacted with the congregation, as well as handled children in the church’s on-site day-care center. Nine children and six adults have been infected with the disease, twelve of whom were not fully vaccinated.

That’s it? Wow. I am surprised the whole congregation isn’t down for the count. Someone’s been vaccinating on the sly here (when a similar case occurred in an Amish community there was a 95% infection rate.)

But it’s alright.

Pearson had to recant her statement on vaccination and encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Maybe she has seen the light?

Nah! Chances are she has to lest the lawyers come knocking.

2 comments

  1. 1
    CaitieCat, in no way a robot nosireebot

    Which is why my brick shaped aeroplane is a fitting way to travel and aerodynamics and the aircraft industry are a scam to prevent honest alternative flying specialists such as myself from earning a honest buck.

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  2. 2
    Tsu Dho Nimh

    I repeat this is a universal disease that can kill half the infected if you are poorly fed and have no proper access to medical care.

    Measles, and the related pneumonia from opportunistic bacteria was a major cause of death during the US Civil War. Because of the scattered rural population, many young men had never had measles. And when they got it, usually in the recruit centers and training camps, they died in large numbers.

    And even today, about 15-20% of persons with measles are hospitalized for that life-saving medical care: oxygen for the pneumonia, IV fluids for the dehydration. We’d be short on hospital beds real fast without the vaccine.

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