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    Posted: February 27 2019 at 3:45pm
Texas lawmaker says he's not worried about measles outbreak because of ‘antibiotics'

Ashley May USA TODAY
Published 1:29 PM EST Feb 27, 2019

Texas state representative Bill Zedler says a resurgence of measles across the U.S. isn't worrying him.

Zedler, R-Arlington, is promoting legislation that would allow Texans to opt out of childhood vaccinations.

“They want to say people are dying of measles. Yeah, in Third World countries they’re dying of measles,” Zedler said, the Texas Observer reports. “Today, with antibiotics and that kind of stuff, they’re not dying in America.”

There is no treatment for measles, a highly contagious virus that can be fatal. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections and can't kill viruses.

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Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking six measles outbreaks across the nation, including one in Texas.
State Rep. Bill Zedler, left, Arlington- Dist 96, was in court to show support for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in Fort Worth, Aug. 27, 2015. Paxton appeared for arraignment in State District Judge George Gallagher's court.

Paul Moseley, Star-Telegram via AP

Before the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was available in America, about 450 to 500 people died from measles each year. The CDC reports there has been at least one case of a measles death within the past five years. National and world health officials worry that an anti-vaccination movement could increase that number.


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The CDC recognized that the number of children who aren't being vaccinated by 24 months old has been gradually increasing. People choosing not to vaccinate have become a global health threat in 2019, the World Health Organization reported.

Some parents opt not to vaccinate because of the discredited belief that vaccines are linked to autism. The CDC has said that there is no link and that there are no ingredients in vaccines that could cause autism.

Alan Melnick, director of public health for Clark County, Washington, told USA TODAY that if pockets of unvaccinated people in the U.S. grow, there could be more measles deaths. Clark County, an anti-vaxx hot spot, is battling a public health emergency as more than 60 people, most of them unvaccinated children, in the area have measles.


Measles is so contagious that 90 percent of unvaccinated people who come in contact with an infected person will get the virus. The measles two-dose vaccine is 97 percent effective against the virus, according to the CDC.


Source:   https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/02/27/measles-outbreak-anti-vaxx-texas-zedler-wrongly-cites-antibiotics/3001496002/

[Technophobe: I understand that some very poorly educated parents don't know the difference between a bacterial illness and a virus; I understand if first-graders don't know the difference. But for God's sake, this man has been chosen by the people to represent them! What is going on? Surely the whole state can't be that ill-advised! Can it? People in the African bush and the rainforest know better.]
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