As of January 30, 2015, the number of measles cases in the United States continues to grow. So do the myths about the illness and the vaccine that prevents it. Let’s take a look at some of the most widespread on Twitter and Facebook.
There have been a total of nine Ebola cases in the United States to date. One patient has died, two remain hospitalized and six are free of illness. Nearly half of all the contacts in the Dallas case have cleared their monitoring period with no illnesses. None of the New York contacts are symptomatic at this time.
Western medical practice has to redevelop the sense of alarm that there should be when faced with an Ebola. Just as a patient from a bad auto accident or one having a heart attack triggers a rapid and detailed response, so should one with a potentially contagious illness. It requires more education for medical professionals, and an alertness that is too often lacking. Ho-hum medicine spreads infectious illnesses.