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John Stone

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Posted - 07/02/2008 :  13:30:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

To return to something I mentioned in passing last week. The report of a death in the UK from measles is anomalous:

"The first death from acute measles infection since 2006 has been reported. A 17 year old with underlying congenital immunodeficiency was admitted to hospital with respiratory distress and pneumonia on 20 April following contact with a case of measles. The patient deteriorated and was transferred to ITU a week later with respiratory failure, but subsequently died (five weeks later). Serum samples and nasopharyngeal aspirates taken at various times have confirmed that the patient had infection with a strain identical to the measles strain (MVs/Enfield.GBR/14.07 genotype D4) that has now been circulating in the UK for over a year." [1]

The 17 year old does not seem to have had "clinical measles". They kept testing him to show viral serum reactions but they do not mention that he had measles (clinically).

They cannot argue that he had an "overwhelming viremia" and died BEFORE he developed measles because the incubation period of measles is 2-3 weeks and he lived over 5 weeks. Pharyngeal aspirates confirm the presence of the virus but not that the patient has the disease. A positive serum test would only be significant if there was a 4-fold increase in titer [2], but if this was the case you might expect that the HPA would mention it, whereas they only record the presence of the virus.

Also, data has come to light relating to unreported measles deaths [3]. The death this year was said to be the first since 2006 when the tragic death of a 13 year-old with lung disease as reported by the BBC as the first in 14 years [4]. The HPA table [3] however lists a death in 2007 and a further 18 deaths going back to 1993. If these were cases that supported the need for comprehensive vaccination it is surprising that the authorities have not been keen to draw them to public attention.

Not for the first time we are drawn to the conclusion that government agencies only ever tell us what they want us to know.

[1] http://www.hpa.org.uk/hpr/archives/2008/news2508.htm#meas0508

[2] http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/98vol24/dr2405ea.html#a

[3] http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1195733835814

[4] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5081286.stm

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