A seventeenth patient has contracted measles in Indiana. The patient, who was not vaccinated for measles, had travelled outside of the US to an area where the disease is prevalent.
Although 17 cases may seem like a small outbreak, it is actually large compared to the disease’s almost non-existence during the past few years. Measles is so contagious that those who are not vaccinated are highly susceptible.
Natural selection at its most powerful.
via Seventeenth measles case reported in Indiana | Vaccine News Daily.
Indiana school district bars students who aren’t vaccinated against the measles via Vaccine News Daily. Excerpt:
❝A school district in Indiana has refused to allow students not vaccinated against the measles to attend classes in the wake of an outbreak that continues to spread.
School officials in Hamilton County, Indiana, recently announced that White River Elementary and Noblesville Intermediate School students will no longer be allowed to attend school without the state-required measles vaccine until further notice, according to WISH-TV.
Approximately 250 teachers and staff were examined at a clinic held to aid in determining whether the measles was continuing to spread. Many had blood drawn for further testing.❞
This is an outbreak that started from just two infected individuals who attended the Super Bowl, which has grown to 14 cases. The speed at which this is spreading probably results from the fact that it is highly infectious and it “finds” unvaccinated individuals easily.
The right wing push to subvert the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution has been put on hold in Indiana. According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana’s creation science bill is dead . This is good news. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, an Indianapolis Republican, moved the bill to the rules committee, a procedural step that all but assures it will not make it to a vote this year. According to Bosma, “I didn’t disagree with the concept of the bill, but I hesitate to micromanage local curricula. Secondarily, I didn’t think it was prudent to buy a lawsuit the state could ill afford at this point.” A pragmatic Republican is rare these days, since it really should be up to the school district to teach science in the best way possible (which is completely ignoring the religion of creationism). And there will be lawsuits which the state would lose. Continue reading “Creationism legislation–Indiana update”
Two individuals infected with measles attended the Super Bowl last week, and as a result, MSNBC is reporting “Indiana measles outbreak illustrates disease risk .” Measles is such an infectious disease, and even with relatively large vaccination rates, the unvaccinated are at a very high risk of getting infected. Continue reading “Indiana measles outbreak illustrates disease risk”
This is part of a long multi-part series on the Republican state legislatures in the USA pushing religious teaching into public schools in clear violation of the US Constitution’s Establishment Clause. I’ve discussed Indiana here, here and here, so this is a small update with a bit of intelligent design (of the bill) by some Democrats. Indiana Democrats are a feisty group, and the science deniers must be annoyed by them. Continue reading “Indiana creationism bill passes Senate–Intelligent Democrats creatively amend it”
The Republican dominated Indiana Senate passed, by a vote of 28-22, a bill that allows school districts to teach creationism. The bill’s language states:
❝The governing body of a school corporation may offer instruction on various theories of the origin of life. The curriculum for the course must include theories from multiple religions, which may include, but is not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Scientology.❞
First of all, evolution doesn’t cover the origin of life, but that’s just one of those mistakes creationists always make. I’m not sure why they’re including all the religions, possibly to show that it’s not just Christian-oriented creationist myths. But Scientology? Continue reading “Indiana creationism bill passes the Senate”