Pestilence Update

Measles cases in the U.S. just hit a 25-year record high.

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Measles cases in the U.S. just hit a 25-year record high.

Lindy Washburn. USA TODAY•April 29, 2019

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – There have been 704 confirmed cases of measlesin 22 states so far this year, the highest number in 25 years, the federal Centers for Disease Control said Monday.

Here’s everything you need to know about the outbreak and getting vaccinated.

What’s the latest today on the outbreak in the U.S.? 

This year’s surge in cases includes 202 cases in Rockland County, New York, 390 in New York City, and 14 in New Jersey. An outbreak in Washington state, where 72 people were sickened, is over.  

The vast majority of cases have been reported in unvaccinated people and children under age 18. Nine percent of those who contracted measles this year were hospitalized, CDC Director Robert Redfield said, and 3 percent developed pneumonia.  No deaths have been reported. 

Forty-four of the cases were “imported” by people who contracted the virus in another country where measles is spreading, such as Israel, Ukraine or the Philippines. More than 90 percent of those travelers were unvaccinated or did not know their vaccine status.  

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Can you get measles if you are vaccinated?  

Among the 704 reported cases this year, some have been people who are fully or partially vaccinated, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s national center for immunization and respiratory disease.

“In a setting where there is extreme disease pressure, we know there can be vaccine failure,” she said.  

Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective, and one dose is about 93 percent effective, according to the CDC.  

Adults in high-risk settings, such as those traveling internationally, working in health care, or living in communities with ongoing outbreaks should check their vaccine status or consult with a health-care professional, she said.

Should I get another measles vaccine?  

Most adults — including people who received a single dose or were born before the measles vaccine was recommended  — are protected, Messonnier said.   

CDC efforts are focused on those at higher risk: international travelers, health-care workers, university students and people in communities where outbreaks are underway, she said. Those adults should have had two shots, separated by at least 28 days.  

“Other adults should be reassured that the data really strongly, strongly supports they are protected against measles,” she said.  

If you are unsure whether you’ve been vaccinated, check with your doctor. A blood test to check for measles antibodies can be done. There is no harm in getting another dose of the vaccine if you are already immune to measles, mumps and rubella. 

How long does the measles vaccine last?  

“We don’t see any signs of waning immunity yet,” said Messonier, adding that the agency is monitoring the vaccine’s durability as well as safety and effectiveness. If you have had two measles shots, you are protected for a lifetime.  

Who should be vaccinated?  

Infants should get their first dose of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine between six and 11 months of age, if they are going to travel internationally, said Redfield, the CDC director. Infants who are not traveling should get two doses, starting at 12 months of age and separated by at least 28 days. The second dose is usually given between 4 and 6 years of age, and the CDC is not currently recommending that it be done earlier.

Adolescents and adults who have not had measles should have two doses, separated by at least 28 days.  

Anyone traveling internationally should complete the vaccine schedule at least two weeks before departure. But if the departure is sooner, they should still get at least one dose of the vaccine, Redfield said.  

When will the outbreak be over?  

It’s going to get worse before it gets better. Cases are rising fastest in New York and California, Messonnier said, and once the disease gains a foothold in an undervaccinated community it is difficult to eradicate.  

“What it’s going to take is everybody working together to identify people at risk who are unvaccinated and get them vaccinated,” she said. It’s also important for public health officials and rabbinical organizations to make sure scientifically accurate information about vaccines is disseminated so people make the right decisions, she said.  

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