Could These 7 Old Illnesses Make a Return?

As if you don’t have enough to worry about with a tumultuous economy and unprecedented political strife, a number of old-world illnesses are on the verge of a comeback.

Though most medical professionals agree that that vaccination is one of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century, there has been push back. The current movement kicked off in 1998 by a handful of stories published by a British Doctor named Andrew Wakefield. The first story erroneously linked bowel disease and autism with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine.

The anti-vax movement is certainly contributing to the re-emergence of diseases once pronounced dead, but it’s far from the only reason. Ineffective antibiotic treatments, poverty, population density, and a lack of education are all to blame. I can’t mail you vaccines, and I’m not rich enough to improve your financial situation, but I can certainly help on the education front.

Today, we take a look at the numerous infections, diseases, and viruses that the medical community believe may make a comeback. Let’s go!

Whooping Cough

Whooping cough, (aka pertussis) is a highly contagious bacterial disease that presents symptoms not unlike that of a common cold. The symptoms often begin with a fever, runny nose, and a mild cough. Unlike the common cold, the fun does not end there. Symptoms of whooping cough can last for as long as 10 weeks, with violent, uncontrollable coughing that has led to broken ribs, vomiting, and exhaustion. And, thanks to the tin-foil-hatted community, it’s back in a big way.

Calling the sudden emergence of whooping cough a “comeback” wouldn’t be entirely accurate. The truth is, medical professionals have been using vaccinations to curb the spread of whooping cough since the 1940s. For the most part, the vaccines have worked, limiting the number of cases to roughly 15,000 per year.  But the reported cases are growing.

Why? Well, the anti-vaccination movement has played a significant role. If you want to protect yourself or your child from the ever growing risk of whooping cough, get the vaccination!

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