May 19, 2004, 10:52 PM
Post #10 of 12
Re: [mariadelcarmenjuarez] estamos preocupados por el brote de viruela/ we are worried about the sma
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....No, it is not joke I recently retired from the local health department, here in Arizona, the last I heard in the USA was the immunizations trials in New York, which had a 10% failing rate.....
.....Factual evidence is what we need. I have worked with health issues in the past and getting the facts is the most difficult task when something of this magnitude is going on. This is the only reason I decided to to inquire using this network, among others I will use. One important fact is that smallpox is being called "sarampion" , which is chickenpox, and no vaccine is necessary. If it was chickenpox, they will not be immunizing children and adults 1-39 years of age, it was on TV, I saw it in AzTECA 13 channel.....
I'll throw in several fragments of a reply on the off chance this isn't a bizzare attempt at trolling. In such a case please do the public health profession a favor and stay retired as your paranoid ramblings and churning of factoids does nobody in the field any justice.
If there is any factual basis to your postings, it starts and ends with your confusion of the current attempts by Mexican public health authorities to manage an outbreak of the measles (Sarampión) centered in the Distrito Federal, Estado de Mexico, and Hidalgo. Somewhere on the order of 85% of the diagnosed cases (over fifty already this year, plus 44 in 2003) in this outbreak involve persons over the age of 15, with the current suspicion being that this group is at risk because they only received a single dose of the measles vaccine during childhood, rather than the two-dose schedule currently in use.
For the past year the US CDC and other public health authorities have been investigating cases of monkeypox in persons who have had either (a) close contact with wild or exotic mammalian pets and/or (b) contact with persons with monkeypox. Amongst the infection control and exposure management techniques being used to control monkeypox is the vaccination of health care workers and household contacts with suspected cases of monkeypox; the vaccine being used is the smallpox vaccine.
The most recent naturally acquired case of smallpox in the world occurred in 1977.
You may also find this article from the MMWR to be of value.