Anti-science legislation – state level activities are troubling

anti-science legislation

We have seen a lot of anti-science activities at the Federal government level that are scary. Massive reductions in Federal budgets for the EPA and National Institutes of Health are bad enough for those of us who support science research and education. But the emboldened right wing, at the state level, are pushing all types of anti-science legislation that will have a profound effect on how we teach science to our children. We need to pay attention to this.

I thought it would be beneficial for us to take a look at the states that are pushing anti-science legislation since the November 2016 election, when a lot of state legislatures’ composition changed (or remained the same). In general, this legislation focuses on anti-evolution and anti-climate change beliefs pushed by the right wing.

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Whooping cough outbreak in Iowa

The Iowa Globe-Gazette is reporting an outbreak of whooping cough (Bordetella pertussis) in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa which has risen to 78 suspected or laboratory-confirmed cases since May 16, 2012. Disease-prevention specialists with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health have encouraged residents to follow guidelines to preserve the safety and health of people in the area.

According to to Karen Crimmings, a disease prevention and investigation service manager for the department,

We recommend people seek medical attention if they are experiencing a persistent cough. It’s very important that individuals being tested for pertussis finish five days of antibiotics before going anywhere in public.

Crimmings said that 78 cases is a fairly significant number of cases for the area, but that the spreading of the illness appears to be slowing down at the local level.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that can be lethal for infants, especially those who are too young to have received the pertussis vaccine (either Tdap or DTaP) or who have not developed sufficient immunity from the vaccines. Adolescents and adults who have not gotten a pertussis vaccination since childhood are no longer immune to pertussis and can pass the disease to susceptible infants. Those adults should contact their health care provider to get vaccinated. Symptoms of pertussis include coughing fits, difficulty breathing, vomiting and coughs that end with a high-pitched whoop sound when inhaling after multiple coughs.

Vaccines save lives.

via Pertussis cases rise in Iowa county | Vaccine News Daily.