Measles whodunit: Tracking 2011's outbreak

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 8, 2011 - 3:16 PM

When a case emerged in Minneapolis, medical sleuths rushed to trace the path of a virus that can be deadly to kids.

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pratticusApr. 7, 1110:53 PM

"whodunit" Seriously, seriously. come on people, we can do better than that.

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thinking101Apr. 8, 1112:43 AM

Why is it that immigrants -- legal and illegal -- must burdeon legal citizens with the imminent threat of a health outbreak plus their bills for education, health care, welfare benefits, etc.? It should be required of any child who travels abroad that they be vaccinated. Period. Law-abiding, common-sense-thinking, and conscientious Americans helped iradicate many diseases in this country over a long period of time, only to have the latest wave of immigrants plant themselves here, give the rest of the current residents problems by their presence, and then threaten our very health because 'they don't trust the vaccination process in America'!!! When I can go to Somalia and bring the small-pox virus, then we can talk about what they value and trust in America. If they don't follow the traditions, practices, health guidelines, laws and other standards that multi-generational Americans before them have established, then they don't need to live in this country!!! A health-care crisis may very well emerge because of "political correctness" -- and then hundreds or thousands of people may die as a result of one group's religious beliefs, preferences or superstitions!!!

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minn12Apr. 8, 11 1:27 AM

Why are immigrants allowed in and out of this country without proof of vaccinations? This is how epidemics start.

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viking53Apr. 8, 11 4:17 AM

pratticus. Health officials KNOW what and how it happened. Now all they have to do is do something about it before MORE children get infected.

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dolphusApr. 8, 11 7:20 AM

I suppose both of those adults who contracted measles were unvaccinated too. How about all the details--How many of the children who contracted measles were actually vaccinated beforehand? Not just the information about the known case of the unvaccinated child.

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rhannity66Apr. 8, 11 8:15 AM

The system protects those who do not need protection. It also protects those who do not care about our society and doing what is right for us all. Not sure about the rest of you, but we are all at risk due to being in the middle and paying our taxes.

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nonau55Apr. 8, 11 8:17 AM

This story has been run too many times. It is like a commercial that keeps repeating. I just wish people would do some research on their own about vaccinations, especially the side that main media won't tell you.

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Gloria1985Apr. 8, 11 8:32 AM

I agree that immunization records should be required documents for immigrating. However, judging from my experience as a mom (lifelong US citizen), there are lots of US citizens who are "conscientious objectors" to immunizations. I can't tell you how many moms at the playground chit chat about how they're never going to "poison" their kids w/ vaccine. It's infuriating. That quack who published a study linking MMR to autism did a huge disservice to parents on an international level.

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autismnewsbeApr. 8, 11 8:46 AM

"I do believe sadly it's going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it's their f___ing fault that the diseases are coming back. They're making a product that's s___. If you give us a safe vaccine, we'll use it. It shouldn't be polio versus autism." - D-list celebrity and self-proclaimed "Warrior Mother" Jenny McCarthy

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ericgus55Apr. 8, 11 9:12 AM

Maybe we should figure out a way to help low-income and new arrivals to our society to understand the importance of immunizations rather than complain and blame when something like this happens. Also, those who are bringing up the Jenny McCarthy-crowd who choose not to immunize are dead-on. The study was absolute baloney and when some folks believe whatever a celebrity says on Oprah, then you put your own children and others at risk. Ms. McCarthy is no scientist, and the doctor who suggested a link to autism isn't much of one, either, but somehow they get as much media as the other 99.9% of the medical community who say to vaccinate.

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