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Impact of measles

When I read the news story Vaccines interfere with God’s care, Chilliwack Pastor says, carried in the Times Colonist, my local newspaper here in Victoria, I felt compelled to write.

My family lost a bright and beloved young man to subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.

My brother-in-law had measles as a young child and appeared to recover. However when he was 15 he started showing dementia-like symptoms and soon became semi-comatose. We brought him to Canada where he was diagnosed. The doctors said there is no cure for this disease. Measles prevention is the only cure. My in-laws continued caring for him at home for two years, a traumatic burden which affected the whole family.  He was just 17 when he finally passed away.

More information on subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is available at the U.S. National Institutes of Health website at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001419.htm

Ruth Bahri

Victoria, BC

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