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originally posted by: ketsuko
Just some thoughts now that we have an outbreak of a real airborne disease as opposed to Ebola.
More than 100 measles cases now confirmed in the US.
Remember how everyone was scared that Ebola was airborne? Some people kept assuring you that Ebola was not airborne. Not truly.
This is a truly airborne virus. Look at how fast it has spread. Cases started from Disneyland in late December, and in only one month they span 13 states, Mexico and comprise a little over 100 confirmed cases. Compare that to Ebola. It took it the better part of a year to get to the US, and it only managed to spread to a handful when it got here.
Now don't get me wrong. Both diseases are probably equally virulent if you happen to get exposed to them meaning that if you get exposed you are likely to come down with them, but it's getting exposed to Ebola that's the trick. To get exposed to the measles, you just have to pass by someone who might happen to cough or sneeze into the air you breath like you would with any common cold. To get Ebola, you have to have contact with bodily fluids which is much harder to achieve.
This brings us back to quarantine.
In the case of a disease like Ebola, quarantine would be much more effective. You can't get people sick without coming into contact with them, so keeping yourself out of contact with people would work quite well. In the case of measles, quarantine could still work but less effectively as the disease spreads so fast it can leap our ability to identify who does and doesn't need to be in quarantine.
Either way, you can see with this outbreak how scary something like a deadly flu would be if it actually got a foothold here. Keep in mind that this measles bug is spreading against the headwinds of a population that still has a relatively high incidence of herd immunity conferred by vaccines. Just something to keep in mind and scare yourself with.
"The general public is not advised to wear masks or avoid public transportation," England said.
The student at Bard College in Dutchess County took Amtrak train #283 from Penn Station to Albany, according to state health officials. He got off in Rhinecliff, N.Y.
At Bard College, the Dutchess County Department of Health held a measles vaccination clinic for any students, faculty, or staff who have not been vaccinated against measles. New York has had three cases of measles this year, the department said, one in Dutchess County and two in New York City.
New York requires that all college students show proof of immunity to measles. At Bard College, medical forms show that a student's immunity to the disease must be documented, but they don't state whether exemptions are allowed.
Measles is one of the most contagious viruses in existence and will infect an estimated 90 percent of people who not immune to the virus.