Man Contracted Measles Attending NIU Graduation Ceremony


This story was shared today by the DeKalb County (IL) Health Department.

To read the entire, much longer article with photos go to CNN: (“Anti-vaxers’ adult son gets measles; now, he has this message for the world“)

“[Joshua] Nerius remembers the scariest part of his bout with measles.

“He contracted the disease in May 2016, at his sister’s graduation from that Northern Illinois University College of Business. The Illinois Department of Health later determined that a guest who had traveled to the graduation from outside the United States had the measles, which is highly contagious.

“‘I didn’t interact with anyone at that graduation besides my own family, so it was literally just me walking by someone,’ he said.

“He says the scariest part is that the day after his sister’s graduation, before he knew that he’d been infected, he attended a technology convention in Las Vegas with thousands of other people.

“‘I was shaking hands with hundreds of people a day. I wasn’t contagious yet, but it’s sobering to think if the timing had been just slightly different, how many people I could have infected,’ he said.

“Nerius doesn’t blame his parents for not vaccinating him. He says they were believers in alternative medicine, and in the 1980s, there was no Internet where they could double-check what they were being told by anti-vaxers.

“‘But today’s parents have no excuse,’ he says. ‘They can go to the American Academy of Pediatrics or a multitude of other sites to learn that vaccines are safe and keep children healthy.’

“‘The science on this has been settled. It’s been solved. When I look at where we are today, with people who are willfully deciding to ignore the facts, it really frustrates me,’ Nerius said. ‘I just don’t understand the mindset of people who want to spread fear.'”


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