A DC Health Department official confirmed that Washington, D.C. has seen one case of the measles. According to NBC Washington, the case is unrelated to the current outbreak in California and is being blamed on international travel.
Measles is extremely contagious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that once one person has the measles, “90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.”
I am happy to report to you that while Republican presidential maybes Rand Paul and Chris Christie have wavered on the vaccine issue (Paul more than Christie), Hopkins’s own Ben Carson came out strongly in favor of vaccinations, even denying religious exemptions. “Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country,” Carson told Buzzfeed News, “and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious, or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”
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