Outbreak

Outbreak

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died.

Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of measles here. There were no deaths (the last, a single fatality, was in 2015).

Many of the European deaths are linked to health care disruptions due to violence in places such as Ukraine, which has had 23,000 measles cases this year.

But, according to analysts, failure of many European parents to have their children vaccinated against measles played a role, too.

Worldwide, measles remains a scourge. It was not until 2016 that the global death toll dropped below 100,000 annually, at 89,780.

Our experience in this country has been unusual, because the vast majority of parents do have their children immunized. But, to guard against outbreaks, a 95 percent vaccination rate is required, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Junk science — some of it fabrication — persuades some parents vaccines are dangerous. In truth, they save lives. If your child has not been immunized, consider the statistics from Europe.

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The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules.

Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts near Montezuma, Iowa. Rivera has been in this country illegally for at least seven years. He has lived in the Montezuma area for much of that time — and was an employee “in good standing” at a nearby farm.

Which brings up the obvious question: How was Rivera able to become the employee of a business without being detected?

No matter what precautions we take, at least some illegal immigrants will always find ways to come into our country. If they find themselves home-free after getting across the border, the problem will persist.

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