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Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013

Eagle Mountain International Church is the epicenter of the Tarrant County measles outbreak, Kenneth Copeland critical of vaccines in the past

The current case count in the Tarrant County measles outbreak stands at 15, with 80 percent of the individuals infected not being fully immunized against the highly contagious virus, according to a health department news release Aug.22.

 

Measles rash Image/CDC

Measles rash
Image/CDC

The cases include 9 children and 6 adults, ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years. Health officials report all of the school-age children involved are home-schooled.

All of the cases are linked.  The first case had traveled outside the United States to a country where measles is common.

As reported earlier, the outbreak is linked to the Eagle Mountain International Church, part of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries empire.

The Executive Offices of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries said in response to the outbreak:

Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ position regarding dealing with any medical condition involving yourself or someone in your family is to first seek the wisdom of God, His Word, and appropriate medical attention from a professional that you know and trust. Apply wisdom and discernment in carrying out their recommendations for treatment. This would include:  vaccinations, immunizations, surgeries, prescriptions, or any other medical procedures.

However, part of this doesn’t jib with what Mr. Copeland has said in the past. As the Dallas Observer’s Eric Nicholson wrote Tuesday:

He [Copeland] is far from the most vocal proponent of the discredited theory that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine causes autism, but, between his advocacy of faith healing and his promotion of the vaccine-autism link on his online talk show, he’s not exactly urging his flock to get their recommended shots.

This aversion to vaccines is also demonstrated on the following video from 2010(although I don’t subscribe to the name-calling).

Health officials say that local physicians and health-care providers have been alerted to the presence of measles in the community.

Unless one has had measles previously, or has been vaccinated, it’s best to get the vaccine.  While the vaccine generally takes about two weeks to become fully effective, vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in those infected.

Information regarding the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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