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Chikungunya, a highly infectious disease, may soon arrive in the US

When Clare Rourke woke up one morning March of last year with a sore toe, she didn’t worry too much about it. She, her husband and their three daughters were living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for a few months as part of a family year abroad. She and her husband had traveled widely — through India, the Middle East and South America — and had never been seriously ill. And they took necessary precautions, making sure everyone in the family received the recommended vaccinations.
But by the middle of that day, Rourke was sicker than she had ever been before. “I hurt in so many places — my feet, hand, wrists, ankles, elbows, knees,” she says. “I actually remember thinking that I just might die.” Her joints were so swollen, hot and painful that she couldn’t rest her elbows on the bed. Her temperature rose to 104 degrees. “I felt like something was attacking me and I was seriously losing the fight,” she says. That night, two of her daughters also became achy and feverish, and within a few days, all three had rashes on their hands, legs and arms. They were infected with chikungunya, a virus originally from Central Africa.

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aljazeeraamerica:

Chikungunya, a highly infectious disease, may soon arrive in the US

When Clare Rourke woke up one morning March of last year with a sore toe, she didn’t worry too much about it. She, her husband and their three daughters were living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for a few months as part of a family year abroad. She and her husband had traveled widely — through India, the Middle East and South America — and had never been seriously ill. And they took necessary precautions, making sure everyone in the family received the recommended vaccinations.

But by the middle of that day, Rourke was sicker than she had ever been before. “I hurt in so many places — my feet, hand, wrists, ankles, elbows, knees,” she says. “I actually remember thinking that I just might die.” Her joints were so swollen, hot and painful that she couldn’t rest her elbows on the bed. Her temperature rose to 104 degrees. “I felt like something was attacking me and I was seriously losing the fight,” she says. That night, two of her daughters also became achy and feverish, and within a few days, all three had rashes on their hands, legs and arms. They were infected with chikungunya, a virus originally from Central Africa.

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OH NOES! I HAVE BEEN UNFOLLOWED BY AN ANTI-VAXXER!

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Sorry to dump the rains of reason down on your intellectual bonfire here, but if the shoe fits, by all means, wear it. If you want to deny facts and science, that’s your business, until you’re putting other people’s lives at risk. Which you are. Should any of your children get an illness preventable by a vaccine you blithely skipped, I hope you’re charged with child abuse. If they don’t survive, I hope you’re criminally charged with their deaths.

However, I don’t wish any of that on your family, because it happened to my grandparents. My Aunt Sharon died before her tenth birthday of polio, shortly before the vaccine was introduced. My grandparents saw their firstborn go from a vibrant young girl to a shell incapable of breathing without an iron lung. My grandmother never really talked about her much. Having lost your child in such a horrific way is nothing I’d want to wish on anyone, but you’ve apparently made peace with it. Good for you!

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You should meet Kathryn Riffenburg. Her nine-week-old son died of whooping cough, an easily preventable disease that he was unable to be vaccinated for because he was too young. Previously, herd immunity protected wee ones like him. Instead, his mother chose a closed casket funeral because the suffering his little body endured made him unrecognizable. 

But I suppose his death was just a scare tactic, yeah? And about Big Pharma supposedly making a profit off of vaccines — it’s much more profitable for you and yours to be UNVACCINATED, what with so many serious illnesses requiring long-term, chronic care having been virtually eliminated — until now. So maybe YOU’RE the tool of Big Pharma! DUN-DUN-DUN!

Or maybe you’re just a big tool. Hopefully, this whole going irresponsibly unvaccinated thing works out for your family and you’re never left sitting at a gravesite wondering why you thought it was a-OK to play Russian roulette with your child’s life. One in 1,000 who get measles will die. I suppose it’s more likely than not that you’ll be lucky, but I’d also venture that not everyone who would come into contact with your walking disease vectors children would share the same luck.

In summary, if you ever accidentally follow me again, here’s a handy guide:

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Cheers!

**Standing Ovation** 


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Measles Cases Surge in U.S., Fueled By Unvaccinated Travelers - NBC News

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This anti-vaccination kick is going well… 


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Oh god yes

Oh god yes

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More ebola cases?

publichealthmemes:

More ebola cases?


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publichealthmemes:

Repeat after me: Jenny McCarthy is NOT a licensed medical professional

epic!

publichealthmemes:

Repeat after me: Jenny McCarthy is NOT a licensed medical professional

epic!


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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.

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.


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YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN VACCINES?!

Woop, Woop! 👍

publichealthmemes:

YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN VACCINES?!

Woop, Woop! 👍


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Ebola Erupts In West Africa For The First Time
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)

nprglobalhealth:

Ebola Erupts In West Africa For The First Time

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)


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