first published on February 11, 2019 by Will
A rapidly spreading measles outbreak in the state of Washington has Joint Base Lewis-McChord escalating security measures to protect its troops and families from the virus.
Lt. Col. Rodd Marcum, a doctor and chief of preventive medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, which is part of the joint base, discussed “very rigorous protocols to prevent communicable disease outbreaks within our population.” The protocols include heightened monitoring of local health care facilities, measures taken on apparently sick children, and an information campaign using social media and other outlets.
The likelihood of measles having a significant outbreak on JBLM is unlikely, considering all troops have to receive the necessary vaccinations to prevent the disease. Dependent family members are also highly recommended to receive the vaccination as well.
Measles is so contagious that it will effect 90 percent of unvaccinated people that come anywhere near an infected person or even breathe the same recycled air as a host within two hours.
The measles virus effects mostly children and can often lead to death. Hundreds of thousands of children die each year from the infection, mainly in undeveloped countries that don’t have access to the vaccination.
However, the virus is easily preventable with a simple vaccination. If you’ve ever visited the Pacific Northwest, you would see why the easily preventable disease is making a comeback. The local “all natural” new-age culture wants to remain willfully ignorant of years of medical research and instead rely on advice of mommy bloggers and facebook memes that recommend essential oil and homeopathic “treatments” foregoing scientifically proven medical practices.
Washington has declared a public emergency over the measles outbreak, and the local statistics indicate at least one in four children are not vaccinated, and a shocking 40 percent of current kindergartners have not received that vaccination.
“When you have large numbers of unimmunized people and you introduce measles into that population, it’s like putting a lighted match into a can of gasoline,” said Alan Melnick, Clark County’s public health director. “It will just spread pretty quickly.”