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Measles cases rise 300% globally in first few months of 2019

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 16 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1810

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Re: Measles cases rise 300% globally in first few months of 2019. Ms Mahase’s report

I am grateful to the BMJ. and Ms Elisabeth Mahase for keeping measles in our eye. A number of points:
1. Of course it is a disease capable of being controlled by active immunisation of those people who have NOT suffered natural infection from wild measles virus. The doctors and their allied professionals of today may not be aware of this fact.
2. Mr John Stone has enlightened us on a number of points,
He is a layman ( I believe). There must be a few scores of trained clinical epidemiologists in England, in academic posts, utterly independent with no conflicts of interest. Could some of them look at the data to which Ms Mahase refers, and comment on Mr Stone’s Response?
The medical students in this country and indeed elsewhere would or should have an interest in proper epidemiology ( not pseudo-epidemiology, where neither the collection of data is thorough, nor the data collected through clinical impressions, ie, clinical diagnosis, is checked against microbiological diagnosis.
Dr JK Anand
long retired public health physician, keen on MEASLES IMMUNISATION where clinically indicated, using vaccine of known potency, with an assurance that long term follow-up will be carried out to check its success and also for untoward effects.i

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 April 2019
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England