The wife of White House communications head Bill Shine defended measles and other childhood diseases, saying they “keep you healthy & fight cancer.”
Darla Shine, writing on her Twitter page that is titled ” Happy Housewives Club, Faith Family Friends,” blasted as fake news a report on CNN about a measles outbreak across the country blamed on parents not vaccinating their children.
“Here we go LOL #measlesoutbreak on #CNN #Fake #Hysteria The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kids,” she posted on Wednesday. “Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fight cancer.”
She went on to rue the fact that she had her children vaccinated.
“I had the #Measles #Mumps #ChickenPox as a child and so did every kid I knew – Sadly my kids had #MMR so they will never have the life long natural immunity I have. Come breathe on me!,” she wrote.
CNN reported that as of last week more than 100 cases of measles had been diagnosed in 10 states, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in Washington at the end of last month, warning “measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children.”
In Clark County, health officials on Wednesday reported 53 measles cases.
A measles vaccine was developed in 1963 and it drastically reduced rates of the disease.
In 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the US, according to the CDC.
Measles is highly contagious and can be spread through coughing and sneezing.