Preface by Christopher Wyatt | TLB staff writer/documentary producer
THIS IS CRAZY!!!! The lack of outrage being shown from the public in this case highlights the misunderstanding that the public has about measles and how the majority of people do not understand that their freedoms are being taken away under the excuse of the greater good. Measles is not a serious illness with proper treatment and once you have had the measles you are immune for life! Complications can happen in those with underlying health conditions such as being malnourished but for the general population measles have been proven to reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases and cancer.
Rather than being injected with a toxic vaccine many people such as myself feel that seeking out the childhood illnesses and gaining natural immunity is a better option. The whole idea of quarantine is to protect the community from communicable disease, however if the person is able to show acceptable immunity to the measles what is the point? This seems to be a push to mandate the MMR at all cost. This is unreasonable state control and it is fascism. THIS IS SOMETHING WE MUST ALL FIGHT!!!! (CW)
Judge upholds Wake measles quarantine
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County family is fighting a mandatory quarantine after a boy contracted measles overseas.
Local public health officials confirmed the boy had the virus on Aug. 2 – nine days after the family returned from a European vacation – and they ordered the family remain quarantined at home for three weeks while checking themselves daily for symptoms.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes, followed by a rash that typically appears first on the face, along the hairline or behind the ears and then spreads to the rest of the body.
Complications from measles can include pneumonia, diarrhea and ear infections. Severe complications can be fatal. Infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are more at risk of complications from measles, officials said.
Immunization is the best protection from measles. Two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing a person from contracting the disease.
“If you put 10 people in the room who are not vaccinated and expose them to a case of measles, nine of them would become sick. So, that kind of tells you the importance of getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Kimberly McDonald, medical director of Wake County Human Services.
Quarantine orders are often issued in cases of communicable diseases, and violating one could result in up to two years in jail.
The boy’s parents were released from the quarantine after submitting immunization records showing they had been vaccinated against measles, but they couldn’t produce records for their daughter, according to a court filing.
The girl hasn’t exhibited any symptoms of measles, but county health officials denied the family’s request to have her tested for antibodies to demonstrate that she is immune to the virus, the court filing states.
“(The family) believes that Department is unfamiliar with proper quarantine procedures and is improvising to (the family’s) detriment,” the filing states.
The names of those involved have been redacted from the filing.
The family wants the girl released from the quarantine because of job obligations and their desire to attend a friend’s wedding, according to the court filing.
Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway held a hearing Thursday over the phone and upheld the quarantine, which runs through Aug. 23.