May 30, 2019
Since January 1, 2019, there have been nearly 900 confirmed US
cases of measles across 24 states. This is 10 times greater than
the number of cases in the US 3 years ago, and it is the largest
outbreak the US has seen since 1994. The month of May also marks
the first reported case of measles in the state of Pennsylvania,
where BrainWaves is produced. So this week on the program, Jim
Siegler speaks with Dr. Erika Mejia (pediatrician) about the
medical and sociopolitical triggers for this outbreak, the
misconceptions of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and finally,
what you can do to keep measles from "going viral"*.
Produced by James E. Siegler and Erika Mejia. Music courtesy
of Advent Chamber Orchestra, Coldnoise, Josh Woodward, Kevin
McLeod, and Lee Roosevere. Sound effects by Mike Koenig and Daniel
Simion. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for
medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision
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- Trump’s tweet:
*Truth-be-told, measles claims the lives of 100,000 people
around the globe every year. It has already gone viral. This was
just a figure of speech.