Yeah I probably need this.
Repeat after me: Jenny McCarthy is NOT a licensed medical professional
Kudos to the Silver Fox for finally getting it right. I don’t personally feel that the world news needs to exploit these families and their grief anymore than what damage has already been done. When I get the news I want the facts - period.
YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN VACCINES?!
Woop, Woop! 👍
Health workers are rushing to stop a “rapidly evolving Ebola outbreak” in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday.
So far, the deadly virus has sickened 86 people and killed 59 of them.
This is the largest Ebola outbreak seen anywhere since 2007, and it’s the first one in West Africa, although the virus has been found in the region’s monkeys.
All the cases in the outbreak have been in Guinea, a small country on the Atlantic Ocean about the size of Oregon.
"In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating," Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, from UNICEF said in a statement Sunday.
DNA analyses suggest Guinea is dealing with one of the most deadly forms of Ebola, called Zaire. That strain typically kills about 80 percent of the people infected. There’s no treatment or vaccine for the virus.
Still though, outside of Guinea, there’s little reason for concern.
The hallmark of the disease is profuse bleeding. But Ebola also causes symptoms similar to severe dysentery, including diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Many suspected cases of Ebola turn out to be false alarms.
Ebola outbreaks can be contained once health workers know what they’re dealing with.
The virus spreads through contact with blood and other bodily fluids, so the key to stopping it is ensuring people don’t touch those infected or the bodies of the deceased.
It’s still unknown where the virus originated. “One of most common ways for humans to be infected with #Ebola is to eat the meat of an infected primate,” Hartl said on Twitter. “In fact, we may even be dealing with multiple introductions.”
Photo: Ebola virus viewed under the electron microscope (Cynthia Goldsmith/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
I love this so much
We are also one of three nations without paid maternity leave, and the only developed (“first world”) country without maternity leave.
We are the only Western country without universal healthcare.
It costs more to have a child in the US than in any other country.
In many countries you don’t have to pay for college, and if students do pay, it’s nowhere near the amounts that the US students pay.
I could continue, but I think I’ve made my point.
Don’t get me wrong, us that live in the U.S. are very privileged. But we need to realize that we are not the best in the world, like many of us think. This is important.
"Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC," The Daily Beast, http://thebea.st/1iMLRy3
"We vaccinate people for a reason.
"It is because I never want patients in my office to contract vaccine-preventable illnesses (like at least two unlucky people in the New York City outbreak, who got the disease from visiting their own doctors) that patients whose parents refuse to vaccinate them are not welcome in my practice. I cannot entirely eliminate the potential for disease exposure between children who come to see me, but I can do my best to mitigate it. I never want to know that a child was sickened or killed because I let the recklessness of a vaccine-refusing parent jeopardize their health.
"But now, shoppers in Boston-area supermarkets get to worry that they may have been exposed when they stopped by for groceries. Commuters in the Bay Area now have to contend with the possibility that they or their children may contract the illness because they happened to get on the wrong train. Over a dozen people around Los Angeles have been diagnosed with measles already this year, nearly half of them intentionally unvaccinated.
"This is sheer lunacy. Just over a dozen years ago this illness was considered eliminated in our country, and this year people are being hospitalized for it. All due to the hysteria about a safe, effective vaccine. All based on nothing.
"There is no legitimate scientific controversy about whether or not vaccines are safe. The original study that started us down this insane path by linking the MMR vaccine to autism has been retracted outright. The evidence against administering the MMR vaccine to healthy individuals is utterly without merit."
"US Measles Cases Reach Highest Number in 15 Years" http://tinyurl.com/7u5ornz
"The Lancet retracts Andrew Wakefield’s article," http://tinyurl.com/cjhqthu
The General Medical Council to Andrew Wakefield, http://tinyurl.com/6rvv3qq
"The panel is satisfied that your conduct was irresponsible and dishonest."
"Autism and Childhood Vaccinations: Debunking the Myth," American Family Physician - Volume 82, Issue 6 (September 2010), http://tinyurl.com/7wwh6rt
What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, September 18, 2013 http://tinyurl.com/kmn8ld
Study: Autism risk tied to mom’s obesity during pregnancy”, CBS News, July 26, 2013, http://cbsn.ws/PClW3B
"Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for study," LA Times March 9, 2014, http://lat.ms/1oW1aX5
"Manipulation of information is…also echoed by vaccination opponents."
Graphic remade from http://thebea.st/1iMLRy3