A Texas measles outbreak has affected the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark. Tex. The interesting thing about this church is that the ministers of the church preaches against vaccinations.
Without getting vaccinated, there are now 21 people, including nine children who now have measles. One of the people with measles is a four-month old infant. According to Dr. Jane Seward, the deputy director for the viral diseases division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there will be a lot more people who could end up infected.
The outbreak was caused when a person visited the country of Indonesia and became infected with measles. He then went to the Eagle Mountain International Church and infected the members, many of whom are unvaccinated. While 98 percent of the county is vaccinated, the church itself was the one main vulnerable area.
The measles outbreak was not just spead through the church, but also through the day care center that is houses. The church believes in only faith based healing and asks the members to ask God for healing before even considering medical attention. The church also has a senior pastor named Terri Pearsons who believes there is a connection between vaccinations and autism.
Pearsons has done an about face since that time and urged her church members to get vaccinated, even going as far to have vaccination clinics in the church itself. More than 1,000 people have been in contact with infected individuals since the outbreak.
There have been 159 cases of measles in the United States so far in 2013. There were five cases of the measles so far in 2013 before this outbreak, which itself was more than usual. Health officials ask that all children receive vaccinations for measles at the age of 12 and again at the age of four.