can we just quickly

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Registered: 03-27-2003
can we just quickly
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 4:22pm
put the discussion on scarlet fever on a solid base? Some here don't seem to grasp that scarlet fever is still very much around, in fact, if your child has had strep throat, s/he may have already had scarlet fever -

Judging by the frequency with which I see the "we have scarlet fever" signs up in my children's daycares it is still very much around, but due to antibiotics, it is no longer the killer that it used to be. Well, there is no causative treatment for measles, which are a viral disease, which is why the mortality of measles is not much better today than it was 100 years ago, a shame, really


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Registered: 04-01-2003
Fri, 05-02-2003 - 12:19am
What about Vitamin A??

Natural antivirals?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 9:56pm

Catherina, here are the death ratios (for the US) based on figures from the measles stats link on Eve's page. As you can see deaths declined significantly (hmm...even *before* the introduction of the vax!!) It is incorrect to say that mortality rates

are not much better than they were a 100 years ago (and it doesn't sound good for 'modern medicine' that it would be no more able to save the lives of measles

patients today than turn of the century medicine ;-)


1914 - 1923

3,634,078 cases

62,359 deaths

Death rate of 1:58


1924 - 1933

4,166,505 cases

44,401 deaths

Death rate of 1:94


1934 - 1943

5,756,759 cases

23,719 deaths

Death rate of 1:242


1944 - 1953

4,915,361 cases

4,900 deaths

Death rate of 1:1003


1954 - 1963

5,238,175 cases

4,305 deaths

Death rate of 1:1217


1964 - 1973 ( first decade of vaccination)

1,216,491 cases

1350 deaths

death rate of 1:901