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Measles returned to Costa Rica after five years by French family who had not had vaccinations
Arrival of highly contagious, potentially deadly disease in a country that had been free of it since 2014 is likely to increase fears about the threat posed by the anti-vaccination movement
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An unvaccinated French boy is suspected of having reintroduced measles to Costa Rica after the Central American country had been free of the disease for five years.
It is unclear why the five-year-old French tourist had never received a measles jab, but the arrival of the highly contagious, potentially deadly disease in a country that has been measles-free since 2014 is likely to increase anxiety about the effects of the worldwide anti-vaccinemovement.
The reintroduction of measles to Costa Rica comes a month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that “vaccine hesitancy” is in the top 10 of the worst health threats facing humanity in 2019.

Costa Rica’s health ministry said the French five-year-old had arrived in the country with his parents on 18 February.
The Costa Rica Star reported that the boy and his mother had not been vaccinated. The parents were said to have consulted a private doctor in Costa Rica about their son’s “rash”, and confirmed that other children who had attended the boy’s school in France had come down with measles.

The health ministry said the boy was now being treated and kept in strict isolation at the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in the port town of Puntarenas.

The health ministry is seeking to establish who may have come into contact with the infected child, including during his flight, at a San José hotel where the family stayed for one night and at the beach village of Santa Teresa, near Puntarenas, where they were having their holiday.
The French authorities have also been informed about the boy’s illness, so they can track whether anyone else has been infected in the European country.
Costa Rica’s health ministry said the last time one of its own citizens had measles was in 2006. Before the five-year-old French boy fell ill, the last case of measles being imported to Costa Rica had been in 2014.
The health ministry issued a statement saying: “Our country enjoys very good vaccination coverage in general. However, in order to avoid particular cases and their possible complications, it is important that those in charge of minors ensure that children have the complete vaccination scheme.

“The ministry of health requests that if you know of someone who has symptoms of measles (fever, nasal congestion, cough, conjunctivitis, skin rash that starts in the head and expands through the body to the feet, reaching the hips around the second day) it is vital that they notify the health authorities as soon as possible.
“The above symptoms are of particular importance for people who in the previous 20 days have been in countries with measles transmission or in contact with an eventual imported case.”

The measles-struck town battling anti-vaccine propaganda

The WHO has said that despite the availability of a safe and cost-effective vaccine, there were 110,000 measles deaths globally in 2017, mostly among children under the age of five.
The WHO has warned that the number of measles cases worldwide had risen by more than 30 per cent between 2016 and 2017, with increases recorded in rich European countries like Germany where vaccination coverage had previously been high.
Martin Friede, the WHO’s director of immunisation, vaccines and biologicals, said that “supposed experts making accusations against the vaccine without any evidence” had adversely affected parents’ decision-making.
The WHO also warned that “complacency” was stopping some parents from getting their children vaccinated.
Placing vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to get immunised – among the world’s top 10 health threats, the WHO warned: “Some countries that were close to eliminating measles have seen a resurgence.”
In the UK a wave of anxiety about the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine was triggered in 1998 when Dr Andrew Wakefield published a paper linking the jab to autism in children.
In 2010, Mr Wakefield was struck off the UK medical register after the General Medical Council held him responsible for offences relating to dishonesty and failing to act in the best interests of vulnerable child patients.
Maybe before people are allowed to travel internationally they should have to prove that they have had all their vaccinations? I can’t believe it’s the current year and yet people who willfully make themselves and their kids susceptible to disease are allowed to visit other countries.

Anti-vaxxers are very dangerous and this proves why.


MFW Yersinia pestis
I hope they start charging people for this shit. Being the cause of possible deaths has gottah be chargeable, especially if the parent willingly refused to vax their kids. I guarantee at least a few people will die from this outbreak, mostly babies and the elderly.

ESPECIALLY parents who bring their unvaxxed kids into stuff like cancer wards. They should get the shit kicked out of them for it.


Writing plays for Lolcows since 446 BC
lmao the anti-vax proposition is literally choosing between having a potentially autistic child and devastating global pandemics:story:
In the grand scheme of things it's much better to have an autistic child than to be responsible for the deaths of thousands.

I'm not sure what it is about autism that makes it seem like the Black Death to the anti-vaxx crowd.


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In the grand scheme of things it's much better to have an autistic child than to be responsible for the deaths of thousands.

I'm not sure what it is about autism that makes it seem like the Black Death to the anti-vaxx crowd.
i'd rather let hundreds of people die then having the inconvenience of putting up with an autistic child

we call that planetary sized ego


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Oh this is fantastic! You want to know how things worked back before we had vaccinations?

People tended to get violently sick and die.

Let's say, for instance that it is 1607 and that you are a colonist fresh off the boat from Great Britain. You came to this new untamed land with your wife, Lucy, and you're filled with wide optimism that the future will be bright and joyful, far away from the pesky religious strife plaguing the rest of Europe.

Or, you were until 638 of the 1000 of you starve to death that winter.

Fortunately, you and Lucy survive, and the two of you become tobacco farmers, and make a comfortable living exporting the plant to Europe.

Before long, Lucy becomes pregnant, and nine months later, little Jebadiah is born. And soon after Lucy is pregnant again.

Sadly, little Jeb doesn't live to see his first birthday, because he got smallpox and died. (20% of all infants died before seeing their first birthday)

Lucy then gives birth to Abigail, a daughter, who survives, despite the unfortunate measles outbreak that's been ripping through the colony. And before long she's toddling around as a little colonial toddler.

Lucy is pregnant again. 9 months later, little Thomas is born. And before long he's toddling around, much like Abigail, only with man parts. You're happy that you can teach him how to live in this wild savage land

Thomas, however, dies at the age of five. (Tomahawk to the neck) and in that time, Lucy gives you three more children. Lucas (lives and inherits the farm, nearly dies from measles) Mercy (dies of diphtheria at the age of two) and Joseph, (nearly dies of measles)

Unfortunately, Lucy dies of Tuberculosis.

My point being, modern medicine and vaccinations have done a staggering amount of good for the human race. Before then, life tended to be short, tragic and filled with a lot of child death.

In colonial New England, around 45% of people born died before reaching their eighteenth birthday

Tuberculosis alone was responsible for 20% of all the deaths in colonial New England.

Fun fact. It used too be called "Consumption" because you literally hacked up blood and lung tissue and got visibly weaker and weaker until you finally died (late stage tuberculosis actually takes a bit of time to kill you, and you can actually feel yourself dying and suffocating as the disease slowly kills you

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