The USA is experiencing a spike in measles, with 175 confirmed cases and 20 hospitalizations so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s about three times the usual number of cases of measles, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said Thursday. The USA has seen nine outbreaks this year, with the largest in New York, North Carolina and Texas.
More than 98% of measles patients were unvaccinated, Frieden said.
“This isn’t the failure of a vaccine; it’s the failure to vaccinate,” Frieden said….
So, 175 people infected, 20 hospitalizations, and no deaths. This is out of a population of 300 million people! I think football injuries is a bigger American problem than measles outbreaks. Reason.com is spending a disproportionate amount of time condemning hundreds of thousands of people for not injecting stuff into their bodies to prevent a minuscule amount of hospitalizations. When they downplay crime statistics because they are over-hyped, I wonder if they see the irony.
About their claim that the measles trend is “three times” more than usual. From XKCD, “A large increase of a small risk is still a small risk”: