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CDC and NY Rockland County identify ‘people from overseas’ as source of measles resurgence

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control believed measles to have been eradicated in the United States.

Beginning in 2008, however, cases began to climb. In 2014, the number of measles exploded to over 600, more than all reported cases between 2009 and 2013. The CDC called it a 20-year high.

On March 26, 2019, New York’s Rockland County was the first in the U.S. to declare a medical martial law via an executive order by county executive and former police officer Ed Day, banning from public places and even threatening to imprison children who were not vaccinated against measles.

Less than 2 weeks later, on April 9, 2019, New York City declared a “public health emergency” of an active outbreak of measles in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Mandatory measles vaccination was ordered for all residents and workers in Williamsburg. Those who fail to be vaccinated within 48 hours of the order committed a misdeamernor in violation of §3.05of the NYC Health Code, for which they would be “subject to civil and/or criminal fines, forfeitures and penalties, including imprisonment.”

The media and public sentiments blame “anti-vaxxers” for the resurgence of measles. But we have good reasons to suspect the source to be illegal aliens, given reports of the diseases they carry. Indeed, none other than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Rockland County executive Ed Day admitted this, although they used the euphemisms of “people from overseas” and “foreign travelers”.

To begin, in 2015, the CDC attributed an outbreak of measles in Disney theme parks to a person from “overseas”. As reported by Breitbart, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC said:

“We don’t know exactly how this outbreak started but we do think it was likely a person infected with measles overseas. We assume that someone got infected with measles overseas, visited Disneyland park, and spread the disease to others.”

More recently, in a Fox News video, Rockland County executive Ed Day also identified “people from overseas” as the source of the measles outbreak. Day was asked by the Fox News reporter why he took the step to declare a medical state-of-emergency. Day answered:

“I took the step because we’ve been battling this for six months. Six months ago, we had seven infected individuals come from overseas to the local area in Rockland County.

In the video below, Day once again identified the seven infected “travelers” as the source of the measles outbreak:

Last year, not just one, but seven unvaccinated travelers diagnosed with measles came into our county between October 1 and October 17. Led to 153 confirmed cases and this is the longest outbreak in the U.S. due to measles — a disease that was officially eradicated in 2000.”

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Guess who is to blame for anti-vaccination misinformation…

FYI: While I did not have time to research all the authors of this study, if you go here you will see that of the eight authors of this “Russian-troll” article, only two of them have other published articles with the American Journal of Public Health.

One author – Jamison – has just one other article published. And one other author – Quinn – has 11 articles published. Some of her titles include: “HURRICANE KATRINA: A SOCIAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER,” “Building Trust for Engagement of Minorities in Human Subjects Research: Is the Glass Half Full, Half Empty, or the Wrong Size?,” and “The Role of Community Advisory Boards: Involving Communities in the Informed Consent Process.”

I wish I had more time to research all of the authors (having a full-time job now does not allow that!) yet I did a quick search on the first author listed, David A. Broniatowski PhD. Here’s a bit of information from David’s CV: Research Interests: Group decision-making, social choice and social media surveillance. David’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems and degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

Makes me curious as to what are the credentials/background of the other authors of this study…

From Oregon Live: They gathered in the cold, carrying signs and grudges. One sign read: “Vaccines: the more you KNOW, the more you NO!”

With a measles outbreak among unvaccinated children in the Vancouver area causing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a health emergency last month, hundreds of protesters turned out at the state capitol in Olympia to oppose a bill that would restrict personal exemptions to vaccines for school-age children.

So-called “anti-vaxxers” are part of a homegrown fringe movement, one that is suspicious of scientific data about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations. But they unwittingly have been getting overseas help in recent years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t trying to mess only with America’s elections. He has set loose his undercover opinion manipulators to promote fear of vaccines and set pro- and anti-vaccination Americans against one another, a recent study concluded.

The overarching objective in this ongoing offensive: to divide and terrify Americans — and win a second Cold War. For the most part, Russia has taken this fight to where we live: on social media.

“Compared with average users, Russian trolls, sophisticated bots and ‘content polluters’ tweeted about vaccination at higher rates,” the study concluded last fall. The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that “[a]ccounts masquerading as legitimate users create false equivalency, eroding public consensus on vaccination.”

An example of a “disinformation” tweet: “Did you know there was a secret government database of #Vaccine-damaged child? #VaccinateUS.”

Another tweet argued the other side: “#VaccinateUS You can’t fix stupidity. Let them die from measles, and I’m for #vaccination!”

Both tweets, it appears, came from “bad actors” in Russia.

“By playing both sides, they erode public trust in vaccination, exposing us all to the risk of infectious diseases,” John Hopkins University computer-science professor Mark Dredze told the BBC.

The American Journal of Public Health study linked malicious propaganda on the issue to social-media accounts from Russia’s Internet Research Agency, which Robert Mueller’s special-counsel office has indicted for its role in 2016 election interference.

The U.S., it must be noted, isn’t the only Western country where measles outbreaks have returned in recent years. The BBC reports that higher rates of measles are being found throughout Europe as well.

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