Air travelers may have been exposed to measles
WASHINGTON (AP) – Public health officials are warning travelers and workers present at four U.S. airports on two recent days that they may have been exposed to measles from a traveler arriving from London.
Authorities said Saturday that a New Mexico woman later confirmed to have measles arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport late in the afternoon of Feb. 20. Two days later, the measles-infected traveler departed from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore on an evening flight to Denver, Colo., and then on to Albuquerque, N.M.
The traveler became sick and was subsequently diagnosed with measles in New Mexico, said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said Saturday night that authorities in those states are trying to notify travelers who sat close to the infected passenger on the flights.
The New Mexico Department of Health’s scientific laboratory division didn’t identify the traveler by name but said she was a 27-year-old Santa Fe, woman who had not been immunized against measles.
NOW, NOW WAIT, folks! WAIT! I know what youre thinking! Youre thinking, “OMFG! WHAT A GIGANTIC BITCH! Its one thing for an unimmunized kid to be spreading preventable diseases internationally and all over the United States, kid cant help their parents are dipshits– but this was A 27 YEAR OLD ADULT. No matter how crazy her parents were, she always had the ability to walk to any county health department, say ‘I never got my MMR.’ and the situation would be taken care of, for free, or close to it. But FOR 9 FUCKING YEARS she made the decision not to get vaccinated, and now HER idiotic ‘decision’ has put countless individuals at risk, against their will. If anyone gets sick from this stupid bitch, I hope they sue her ass. I sure as fuck would. And holy crap, if anybody dies from it…”
Lets not jump to regional stereotypes, thinking Santa Fe is full of crystal healing, alien abducted, turquoise squash-blossom wearing, anti-vax weirdos.
Im sure there is a totally rational explanation for why a grown woman in Santa Fe hasnt gotten her shots. Like, maybe she was born with HIV-1 and has AIDS. Or maybe shes had cancer for 27 years. I know if I was in her position, I wouldnt be traveling to a country with skyrocketing measles cases thanks in large part to this loser, but hey, maybe it was her dying wish to see Big Ben, or something.
EDIT: LOL, JK! She is, in fact, a self-centered bitch:
The C.D.C. says the woman who tested positive was not immunized because of her religion.
This woman might be a selfish, self-centered, asshole.
Maybe not. But hopefully her stupid behavior (sick or not, someone who hasnt had their MMR should not be going to London, where its now endemic) will be a kick in the pants for other people who are consciously putting other people at risk.