A recent outbreak of measles has just hit the congregation at the Eagle Mountain International Church in northern Texas. It seems that a visiting person attended a service where measles is still a common virus. Not realizing they were a carrier sat with the congregation and visited the childcare room and spread the infection to other members attending that day.
According to the latest news reports by USA Today on August 25 and Forbes on August 24 that the outbreak of measles has many Texas residents very worried. It seems the leader of this mega-church, Kenneth Copeland has repeatedly spoken to his parish warning them not to get vaccinated for anything stating that vaccines cause autism and that healing through faith is more than sufficient to stay healthy and avoid a virus or infection such as the measles.
Copeland’s daughter, Terri Copeland Pearsons on the other hand saw the sudden need for safety and quarantine measures and has been urging other congregants to visit clinics that offer free vaccinations, seek medical treatment and to self quarantine themselves for at least two weeks to prevent further spreading of this infection to others.
It has been reported that at least 25 people have already been infected with measles. This virus is highly infectious and can spread to neighboring areas causing a severe outbreak that can run ramped like wildfire.
According to the Mayo Clinic measles is described as:
“Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Once quite common, measles can now be prevented with a vaccine. Signs and symptoms of measles include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash.”
“Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children. While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills several hundred thousand people a year, most under the age of 5.”
“By 2000, the measles vaccine had practically eliminated measles in the United States. But there has been a recent resurgence of the disease, as more people have chosen not to vaccinate their children.”
Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus but is also referred to as a disease called rubeola. The cells that line the back of the throat and lungs is where the virus begins growing. It can be spread or transmitted through the air we breathe as well as being in contact with one who is already contagious or exposed to the virus and acts as a carrier. Coughing and sneezing are two other forms of spreading the measles virus.
This is very serious as many people in the United States can contract measles very easily once an outbreak has begun. Measles can also cause a woman to miscarriage, give birth prematurely and has been reported to have killed over 200,000 people around the world. If you have children seek out a clinic or make an emergency call to their pediatrician so they can be checked and vaccinated. Children, no matter how healthy they are or their lifestyle has been since birth, are not immune to the measles virus. Take the necessary precautions now and get medical attention as soon as possible!
Have you been vaccinated for measles?
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