Treat Measles “With Antibiotics And That Kind Of Stuff”: Texas Rep

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“There is no specific treatment for an established measles infection.” – Mayo Clinic 

| Amid measles outbreak, Texas law maker wants to treat viruses with antibiotics “and that kind of stuff”

Texas Observer | Texas state Representative Bill Zedler doesn’t understand the fuss over the resurgence of infectious diseases.

“When I grew up, I had a lot of these illnesses,” he said, listing measles, mumps and chickenpox. “They wanted me to stay at home.”

During Zedler’s childhood, about 450 people died of measles each year in the United States, 48,000 were hospitalized and a few million more got the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“But as far as being sick in bed, it wasn’t anything like that,” said Zedler, an outspoken anti-vaxxer and longtime member of the House Public Health Committee who has worked in the health-care industry.

The lawmaker was born in 1943, two decades before the measles vaccine was developed.

“Measles is back because states give parents too many ways to avoid vaccines.”

–, Feb 22, 2019 

The introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963 virtually eliminated measles in the United States by 2000.

“They want to say people are dying of measles. Yeah, in third-world countries they’re dying of measles,” Zedler said, shaking his head.

“Today, with antibiotics and that kind of stuff, they’re not dying in America.” Zedler says he’s adamantly in favor of “freedom of conscience” and against mandatory vaccination. “This is not the Soviet Union, you know.”

“It is a time when men work silently in the fields and women weep quietly in the kitchen, for Congress is in session and no man’s property is safe.” This semi-humorous quote attributed to Will Rogers applies equally to our state legislature.

– Paul Guppy, Washington Policy Center 

Health officials blame the recent uptick in highly contagious diseases on a growing anti-vaxxer movement and the spread of misinformation about the safety of vaccines. Read more. 


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