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Importing Forgotten Diseases

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Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 10:22 AM Current | Bio | Archive

If you had asked me at the turn of the century if I thought measles would be a recurring topic in my column, I would have said no. Just like I didn’t anticipate writing much about polio, rickets or cholera, unless it was to observe the anniversary of the disease’s eradication.

What has changed? It seems that when you throw open the borders to all comers, that also includes disease. And measles, wiped out among citizens in 2000, is staging a comeback.

I wrote about an outbreak of the malady at the Measles Kingdom, excuse me, Magic Kingdom here, and followed that up with the end of the outbreak here.

And when the Obama Ebola czar — how would you like to have that entry on your resume — stepped down after a job well done, I suggested the president reassign him to be measles czar here.

Unfortunately while it is still safe to journey on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, it is not as safe next door in Arizona where measles is again spotting the populace.

This time AP says the outbreak is at the Eloy Detention Center where illegal aliens are temporarily detained on their way to claim their share of the American dream.

The report says the outbreak began with a “migrant” — the word open borders reporters use for people whose first act upon entering the country is to break the law.

Now, strangely enough, the threat comes from the employees of the detention facility.

Pinal County Health Director Thomas Schryer explains asking nicely for employees to get a shot has not gone well.

“And so they're actually the ones that are passing along the measles among each other and then going out into the community,” Schryer said. This boggles the mind.

The 80 percent of the employees work for CCA, a private sector company the runs the facility under the direction of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the rest are ICE employees.

This negligence constitutes a public health hazard.

When you think of the many actions the Obama administration has taken in a forceful manner that endanger the public, one wonders why they are so timid about doing something to protect the public?

State health officials are providing free vaccinations and hand-holding for the superstitious, yet compliance is grudging and voluntary. CCA claims “most” of the staffers have been vaccinated or shown proof of immunity, but that’s not what state health officials are saying.

They report it was only recently that large numbers of employees were given their shots.

That’s not good enough. The governor should declare a state of emergency and put pressure on the feds to demand 100 percent of the CCA employees be vaccinated or show proof of immunity.

It would be nice if the Obama administration did something for taxpayers for a change.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.





 

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If you asked me I thought measles would be a recurring topic in my column, I would have said no. When you think of the many actions the Obama administration has taken in a forceful manner that endanger the public, one wonders why they are so timid about doing something to protect the public?
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