Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Measles Comes To Town

Thanks to Mr Gareth Embrey for pointing out this public health info:

WASHINGTON - With five confirmed cases of measles in the area, local health officials are warning that people in the District and Arlington and Montgomery counties may have been exposed to the virus.

The article then goes on to list locations that are known exposure sites - the grocery store where we shop being one of them.

It's one thing to talk about diseases like Measles, it's a whole other thing when they are popping up in your town. I guess I'm also lucky in that I'm both relatively young, and was immunized as a kid, do I'm probably in fine shape.

And here's a little known fact: Measles killed one fifth of the population of Hawaii in the 1850s.

So, check the exposure sites and more importantly get your kids vaccinated.

OK, that's enough of a public health message for one day. Thanks Gareth!

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