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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Against the measles


My little brother caught the measles as an infant; and, I'm told (neither of us remember) he didn't enjoy it.

Measles (alongside mumps; they're related) is like smallpox: a livestock disease which crossed over. Smallpox was camelpox; measles was rinderpest. Wikipedia tells me that measles dates to the 7th century AD - which is, I think, about the same time as smallpox.

We just got rid of rinderpest. Human measles and mumps can't be far behind - perhaps a few more decades. It would help to try Jenny McCarthy in criminal court as she deserves.

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