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Portions of Measles Outbreaks Are Due to Vaccine Reactions and Not Wild Measles Virus

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A recent paper describes new technology developed to “rapidly distinguish between measles cases and vaccine reactions to avoid unnecessary outbreak response measures”
  • During the measles outbreak in California in 2015, 38 percent of the measles virus sequences obtained from patients were identified as vaccine sequences, meaning they were suffering a vaccine reaction; their illness was not caused by transmission of wild-type measles
  • New York, Washington and Texas have reported measles outbreaks in January and February of this year (a total of 127 confirmed cases), and mandatory vaccination proponents are calling on states to eliminate personal belief vaccine exemptions
  • California Sen. Dr. Richard Pan is urging the U.S. Surgeon General to push mandatory vaccinations to the top of the public health agenda, and a Congressional hearing was held in the House Feb. 27, with another hearing scheduled for March 5 in the Senate to discuss the measles “outbreak,” vaccine hesitancy and state vaccine laws
  • House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff has accused Google and Facebook of enabling distribution of misinformation about vaccines, and others are openly calling for censorship of vaccine conversations about vaccination on social media; Pinterest has already blocked all vaccine-related posts

When you hear about reported cases of measles, did you know that a portion of those affected may be experiencing a reaction to the live virus measles vaccine?

In a Journal of Clinical Microbiology paper, researchers describe new technology developed to "rapidly distinguish between measles cases and vaccine reactions to avoid unnecessary outbreak response measures such as case isolation and contact investigations." According to this paper:


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