GOPer: I Am Not Worried About A Measles Outbreak Because We Have Antibiotics

Rep. Bill Zedler.Screengrab/WFAA/YouTube

Rep. Bill Zedler appears to be unaware that antibiotics kill bacteria, that measles is a virus, or both.

USA Today reports that Representative Bill Zedler (R-Tx.) said that the outbreak of measles across the U.S. is not worrying him. In fact, he is promoting legislation that would give Texans the opportunity to refuse childhood vaccinations.

“They want to say people are dying of measles. Yeah, in Third World countries they’re dying of measles,” Zedler said. “Today, with antibiotics and that kind of stuff, they’re not dying in America.”

But the congressman could not be more wrong: antibiotics only work on bacteria. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for measles, which is a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus.

There are currently six measles outbreaks across the U.S., including Texas.

Before the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine was available, 450-500 people per year died from measles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the past five years there has been at least one death from measles, and health officials are concerned that an anti-vaccination movement will increase that number. According to the World Health Organization, people who choose not to vaccinate have become a global health threat.

Some parents choose not to have their children vaccinated because of the misconception that vaccinations are linked to autism. There is no link, according to the CDC.

Measles is so highly contagious that if an unvaccinated person comes into contact with an infected person, they will get the virus 90% of the time. The MMR vaccine is 97% effective against the virus.

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appleannie
appleannie

Antibiotics do not treat, nor do they prevent measles. In fact, overuse of antibiotics is why we now have supergerms that are resistant to antibotics.

Doxie99
Doxie99

I'm thinking he is referring to the complications of measles. Many of those (but not all) can be treated with antibiotics. Infections such as: middle ear infection (otitis media), which can cause earache eye infection (conjunctivitis) inflammation of the voice box (laryngitis) infections of the airways and lungs (such as pneumonia, bronchitis and croup)

Doxie99
Doxie99

Some countries and the people within them don't have access to the level of healthcare we have in North America and therefore more lives would be lost to a measles outbreak.

ferago42
ferago42

I live in a third-world country and we're not dying of measles because with great effort we managed to vaccinate our entire population... People dying of measles is not a 3rd-world-country issue, but an idiotic-country issue.

goinghome
goinghome

It is well documented that Women who are pregnant and are exposed to measles during that time run the risk of having a child born with congenital disorders, notably deafness. Maybe someone should let Bill Zedler know that antibiotics don't work against birth defects. Maybe someone should tell the antivaxxer moms that too. They might want to consider staying in complete isolation during pregnancy.