UPDATE MEASLES UK 2013 – BBC News Secretly Removes Fake News Claims from Website – Health Officials in Tail-Spin Over Vastly Hyped Claims of Welsh Measles Epidemic

How times change. A month ago health officials were predicting a UK-wide measles epidemic with multiple measles deaths and disabilities, with everyone not previously vaccinated to get the MMR vaccine. 

Welsh Health officials were first caught out when the British media discovered that the figures being given out to them were of only suspected cases and that doctors massively over-report measles cases.  As CHS has reported, sometimes as many as 73 in every 74 reports are NOT measles: [Laboratory confirmed cases of measles, mumps, and rubella, England and Wales: October to December 2004 - CDR Weekly, Volume 15 Number 12 Published: 24 March 2005: Vaccines Did Not Save Us – 2 Centuries Of Official Statistics].

Even the standard general officially published “blurb” available online confirms this but Public Health Wales appears to have omitted to tell the media:

Reported notifications of measles usually far exceed the actual numbers of confirmed cases. Other rashes are often mistaken for measles.”  Measles Public Health Wales Health Protection Division – [accessed & added to CHS 12 May 2013]

Over at Age of Autism Jenny Allan reports that the BBC removed from their BBC online news the bizarre claim that prior to 1988, when MMR vaccine was introduced there were ‘millions’ of annual UK measles cases with 100 measles child deaths every year: Jenny Allan | May 06, 2013 at 08:10 PM.  

Thanks to information from Jenny Allan we show what the BBC has now “doctored” from its online news reports to remove the fake news the BBC had reported from the wildly exaggerated claims quoted by Dr Sara Hayes.   They have also changed the headline but the original headline is here in a tweet from the BBC’s health “journalist” (?) Fergus Walsh who seems to have “led the charge” at the BBC to scare parents with fake news: “Measles: Swansea epidemic cases could exceed 600 http://bbc.in/Xpi860“.   Here is the extract from the original – with the parts shown in red now deleted:-

Measles: Swansea epidemic cases could exceed 600 – BBC Health – Measles 9th April 2013

“Death risk’ in outbreak

…….

“We are not in any way judgmental about why their children may have missed the MMR in the past. The important thing is that they get the jab now,” she added.

Before the introduction of the MMR in 1988, about half a million children caught measles and about 100 died from it each year in the UK.

It is deeply troubling that any organisation holding itself out to report news “doctors” that news.  This is an example of the BBC publishing untrue claims as news and then only when it has been found doing it does it then airbrush the fact from history.  There is no single reference on the online page to record the BBC retracting its untrue news claims nor any public apology.  This is makes BBC news reporting look crooked.  Clearly, this kind of practice makes it difficult to trust the BBC’s reporting.  Little surprise then that the muslim world does not trust the western first world who seem to manipulate their lives. Will the responsible people working as journalists at the BBC complain?   Or maybe they should get a job elsewhere?

Instead of airbrushing false news when caught the BBC should have admitted it got it wrong so the British tax and licence payers and the world can see and the BBC should apologise.

The media were not initially reporting the suspected numbers of measles  cases compared to the laboratory confirmed figures but were later.  They are still falling down badly on the job with the BBC at the forefront – seeming to operate as as self-styled Pravda for the British Government. 

Following a 2nd May news release from health officials the backtracking has started.  It was being reported in Welsh newspapers [one of which in Swansea was being blamed for the "outbreak" by publicising the problems with the MMR vaccine]:

A PUBLIC health expert says measles cases in the Swansea area may have peaked. The number of laboratory confirmed cases in the outbreak stands at 370 out of a total of 850 samples tested.” Dr Sara Hayes, director of public health at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said she believed the number of people with the disease will fall in the next few weeks.”  Dr Hayes said: “We do not seem to be seeing the scale of morbidity we were anticipating. There is a suggestion we have reached a peak in the outbreak.  “I am hoping we will see a decline in the next few weeks.

Measles cases in Swansea may have peaked, according to a public health expert Friday, May 03, 2013 Liz Perkins South Wales Evening Post

Scam claims appear to include that 1 in 1000 would die from measles when completely false. In the last 20 years+ since 1992 there have been 80,000+ measles cases [counting up to now] in England & Wales and zero deaths in healthy individuals from acute measles in that time. That is a clear and completely true and accurate statement which the vast majority of people find surprising in the light of the information health officials put in the media. They would surely conclude they are being scammed: Official Data Confirms – 20th Century Measles Deaths Would Fall Exponentially – And Regardless of Measles Or MMR Vaccine.

The 1 in 1000 figure appears to be based on figures published in the BMJ for Bulgaria, a much poorer country which is likely to have an even worse system for reporting measles cases and mortality than Public Health Wales:  The Bulgarian figures could easily be vastly over-hyped, far more so than in the UK and with a little help from some of our “friends” in some parts of the drug industry and some of their many hangers-on in medical professions. 

And the Bulgarian figures do appear to be over-hyped.  It is bizarrely claimed in the BMJ that there were 30,367 cases reported in Europe in 2009-2010 with most reported cases in 2010 in Bulgaria of 22,005.  This is coupled with the fantastical claim that “Of these, 21,877 people were admitted to hospital”: Measles outbreak in Europe BMJ 2011 Published 15 June 2011) BMJ 2011;342:d3724

But that is how reliable the British Medical Journal is in Century 21.

[ED's REQUEST TO READERS: - complain to the BBC Trust, repost the link to this on Facebook, blogs, websites, Twitter, newspaper online comments please & email your families and friends - people continue to be scammed by health officials and the media - (added: 5/May/2013)

http://wp.me/pfSi7-1Ru].

The claims of a 25 year old man being alleged to have died from measles also appears a scam claim.  He had already spent five days in hospital being treated for severe asthma. The same hospital refused to re admit him several days later, apparently very ill with some kind of rash.

Additionally according to a video report from The Telegraph of an interview with his mother, three doctors did not diagnose this new condition as measles [in the middle of the supposed epidemic in Swansea] and sent him home with paracetamol, following which he died: South Wales Measles Death – Mother Blames Docs – “3 Docs Said ‘Not Measles’ & Sent Him Home With Water & Paracetamol”

His angry family confirmed he had been fully vaccinated against measles as a child. The authorities stated this young father had measles virus, but the cause of death could not be established by an autopsy [postmortem examination].  The formal inquest into this death has been postponed [conveniently].  Someone being treated for severe asthma may have been treated with immunosuppressant drugs like steriods. An hospital is a centre of infection with all sorts of infections circulating. That combination is a recipe for potential problems.

Welsh health authorities seem now to be in a spin over their over hyping of what seems to have been a very small measles outbreak, and some may now be dissembling.

Their statistics appear to be confused.  There is no published explanation why here they claim 1137 laboratory confirmed cases in 2012: Measles notifications (confirmed cases) England and Wales 1995 – 2012* by quarter.  And here they claim 2030 CONFIRMED CASES OF MEASLES, MUMPS & RUBELLA England and Wales, 1996 – 2012*

CHS understands the lower figure is claimed to be for direct notifications by health professionals only and the higher figure is for notification by health professionals and others.  But no explanation on either site of where the figures are from nor how compiled nor any qualification to explain.  And the explanation being given raises more questions than it answers.

As for the Public Health Wales figures for the Swansea and all Wales “outbreaks”, there are no qualifications of any kind on the reports published as total monthly figures such as the February and March monthly All Wales surveillance of laboratory confirmed infections reporting only 8 laboratory confirmed cases in the whole of those months from the whole of Wales.  There are some reports that health officials are now claiming that these reports are only for specimens tested in Wales and “the majority of samples are sent directly to the specialist reference laboratory in England for confirmation“.  That also raises more questions than it answers. 

CHS can report that there are more revelations yet to come on the Welsh outbreak – so “stay tuned”.

If samples are sent for “confirmation” that means the results are sent back to Public Health Wales. There is no point sending them for “confirmation” if the results are not sent back. So Public Health Wales should have ALL the data. And “confirmation” indicates these are confirmations of tests already carried out.

Additionally, weekly reports are published and then updated in monthly reports.  The reports themselves published by Public Health Wales contain no qualification they are incomplete and set out the figures as all of the laboratory tested cases.  If the reports were wildly inaccurate there would be no point publishing them.  The monthly reports do not appear to have any qualification to the effect that they do not contain all of the lab results – including those confirmed for them outside Wales.

Officials say the true figures will not be published for another three months – how so very convenient.


Here is the extract from the original – with the parts shown in red now deleted:-

Measles: Swansea epidemic cases could exceed 600 – BBC Health – Measles 9th April 2013

“Death risk’ in outbreak

…….

“We are not in any way judgmental about why their children may have missed the MMR in the past. The important thing is that they get the jab now,” she added.

Before the introduction of the MMR in 1988, about half a million children caught measles and about 100 died from it each year in the UK.

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26 Responses

  1. The best Australian media can do under the circumstances, is to wish a “pox” on anyone who questions vaccines. It is very apparent the media is not professional, but are just alarmists and fear-mongers. And inciting uncalled for hatred of those who have done their research.

  2. This is the edited BBC news link Re Swansea measles epidemic :-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22069552

    Measles: Swansea epidemic cases could exceed 600
    BBC Health – Measles
    9th April 2013

    This section was subsequently edited to remove the wildly exaggerated claims quoted by Dr Sara Hayes. Here is the unedited paragraph:-

    “Death risk’ in outbreak
    Sara Hayes, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board’s director of public health, said: “Many children who missed the MMR jabs when they were little will be sitting exams once they go back to school.
    “We are not in any way judgmental about why their children may have missed the MMR in the past. The important thing is that they get the jab now,” she added.
    Before the introduction of the MMR in 1988, about half a million children caught measles and about 100 died from it each year in the UK.
    Concerns over the jab’s safety were raised in the late 1990s when a surgeon published a since discredited paper in The Lancet suggesting MMR was linked to an increased risk of autism.

    That paper, and subsequent media coverage, led to immunisation rates plummeting.”

    The disgracefull ‘doom and gloom’ scaremongering and overhyping of the so called Swansea measles epidemic, by Dr Hayes, is unbefitting to her powerful position as a director of public health. She is now whinging publicly about the huge cost of all these stockpiled MMR vaccines, £170,000 at the last count. The Welsh Government has refused to subsidise this wasteful exercise. Dr Hayes is also whinging about the ‘teenagers’ (stated falsely to be the largest affected group infected in order to blame Dr Wakefield), apparently shunning the vaccine. These intelligent young persons are old enough to be responsible for themselves, and cannot be subjected to parental bullying. They will have researched the shameful history of the MMR vaccine on the internet, including sites like AoA and CHS.

    How about offering single measles mumps and rubella vaccinations Dr Hayes? THAT’S what Dr Wakefield suggested in 1998.

  3. Of course it’s not just the BeeB irresponsibly spreading ‘doom and gloom’, including death threats if everything that moves fails to get MMR vaccinated fast!! We have the good old Guardian, public watchdog, zealously protecting our British scientific integrity…….and the band played!!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/02/measles-epidemic-swansea-teenagers-targeted-vaccinations

    “Children aged 10 to 18 ‘highly likely’ to catch disease, with health experts warning of risk of deafness, brain damage or death.”

    Extract from above:-
    “But of the 33,000 vaccinations given in response to the epidemic, less than 25%, or 8,000, have been to 10 to 18-year-olds.
    That leaves 43,000 unvaccinated within that crucial age group in Wales and their parents are being urged to act immediately.
    The headline total for measles across Wales is now at 1,170 cases. The number of laboratoryconfirmed cases in the outbreak stands at 370 out of a total of 850 samples tested.”

    I don’t know where the heck the Guardian gets its figures from, but for once it’s NOT Dr Hayes & Co, and those 370 confirmed measles cases are certainly NOT on the official Welsh notifiable diseases surveillance site, which gives numbers for all laboratory coinfirmed cases. We are still waiting (why?) for the Welsh April laboratory CONFIRMED measles cases to appear on the site.

    [ED: How is anyone going to know whether any of the figures they eventually publish have any basis in fact? Independent external scrutiny is needed but there is no one to do that which is independent of government and even if there was is there anyone who might be appointed trustworthy? We certainly cannot rely on the Statistics Authority. They are more of the same.]

  4. With respect I think all of the case were MEASLES.

    But they are erasing ALL those that have had one, two or even three lots of MMR vaccines.

    Give me the money and tell me the result you want!

    Here we want just the people without MMR vaccines to have succumbed to this illness?

    Any one who cant spot (excuse the pun) measles should not be a doctor.

    But they will have excellent jobs as directors of vaccine policies et al and at the head of a nations health service!

  5. FEAR and misplaced trust in AUTHORITY are what drives “vaccination”.

    Here we see the FEAR being falsely generated by the AUTHORITIES.

    What more needs to be said about “vaccination”?

  6. Of course, the CHS quoted extract from the South Wales Evening Post, (above in yellow), has also been subsequently edited to remove the dodgy stats , apparently re quoted in the hapless Guardian!! (The number of laboratory confirmed cases in the outbreak stands at 370 out of a total of 850 samples tested.”)

    http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Measles-cases-Swansea-peaked-according-public/story-18879537-detail/story.html#axzz2T0tcJ03b

    Re quote:-
    “A PUBLIC health expert says measles cases in the Swansea area may have peaked. The number of laboratory confirmed cases in the outbreak stands at 370 out of a total of 850 samples tested.” Dr Sara Hayes, director of public health at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said she believed the number of people with the disease will fall in the next few weeks.” Dr Hayes said: “We do not seem to be seeing the scale of morbidity we were anticipating. There is a suggestion we have reached a peak in the outbreak. “I am hoping we will see a decline in the next few weeks.”

    It seems Dr Hayes is dissembling like mad. The ‘scale of morbidity’ is non existent. There were interviews with some parents, (obviously paid for their ‘stories’), and some very healthy looking kids alleged to have recovered from this ‘life threatening’ disease. All extolled the benefits of MMR vaccinations!!

    As for Dr Hayes, “suggestion we have reached a peak in the outbreak. “I am hoping we will see a decline in the next few weeks.” , the latest ‘notification’ stats from Wales (9th May) shows a quite dramatic decline in measles ‘notifications’ . It seems GPs in Wales are ‘getting the message’ about notifying every cough, fever, and unexplained rash as measles.

    http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/66389#d

  7. John Fryer says:- “With respect I think all of the case were MEASLES.

    But they are erasing ALL those that have had one, two or even three lots of MMR vaccines.”

    Whatever the truth, or otherwise, of the numbers of ACTUAL measles cases in Wales, there is NO QUESTION that both the numbers of cases and the severity of the disease have both been ridiculously ‘over hyped’ by the Welsh health authorities, no doubt egged on by the UK ‘establishment vaccine mafia’ which uses tactics of scaremongering in order to ‘coerce’ parents into vaccinating their children. I find it particularly reprehensible, for health mandarins like Dr Hayes, to tell the public that ‘extra’ doses of MMR vaccine are completely harmless, in order to encourage parents and older persons to vaccinated with MMR vaccine, even those persons fully MMR vaccinated. Babies over 6 months old have been targeted for early MMR vaccinations, but they are still to receive their ‘standard’ doses at 15 months and 4 years.

    Dr Hayes, should certainly be aware of the MMR vaccine manufacturers’ inserts which lists all the possible adverse vaccine incidents which, rare or not, can and do happen.

  8. Jenny tells us:

    I find it particularly reprehensible, for health mandarins like Dr Hayes, to tell the public that ‘extra’ doses of MMR vaccine are completely harmless,

    It does seem as though the entire medical profession is unaware of vaccine science to the point where doctors and nurses kill people and then claim immunity or in all cases as they are the EXPERTS and no one calls for the police all just gets brushed over.

    A repeat vaccine with perhaps much less active ingredients in than the last one was scientifically found to increase the risk of ANAPHYLAXIS and death. Nobel prize work of Professor Charles Richet and confirmed by hundreds of vaccine scientists a 100 years ago.

    To reconfrm what these vaccine scientists discovered so long ago just look at the adverse responses to HPV vaccines for teenage girls. Nearly EVERY adverse reaction comes not from the first vaccine but the second and third shots. And cot deaths and autism and epilepsy/seizures etc etc.

    In a 100 years I know of NO way of stopping this normal anaphylactic reaction to vaccines that is used by any doctor. There are certain ways but available for the few who get individual treatment from their own personal doctors ie the filthy rich.

    The poor amongst us have to rely on acetaminophen more of which in the next comment.

  9. It was sad to learn of that one death to a young Welshman hardly on his road to life.

    It horrified me that he was prescribed ACETAMINOPHEN aka TYLENOL etc etc. I DID NOT KNOW this fazct until reading the above!

    This drug has a very powerful and dangerous action including death almost certain from less than 5 times that prescribed, a risk of death even from normal use and again one pill will kill some domestic animals infallibly and every time.

    What are we doing giving drugs of such dangerosity when toxicologists used to use safety factors of 100, then cut that down to 10 (makes more money) and for TYLENOL it is now clearly far below 5.

    Worse this drug is given to babies and infants under 1 year of age and sometimes BEFORE and AFTER vaccines to FAIL to control ANAPHYLACTIC reactions to repeat vaccines.

    The adverse risks to adults are well known and amount in total to more than half of ALL adverse reactions to drugs.

    STRANGELY the adverse risks to babies and infants is ZERO! Why? Because they are covered up by murdering doctors and nurses who call the police and blame the last parent or carer of HARMING a healthy infant. SCANDALOUS!

    Hence the science today of drugs, vaccines et al is not ZERO but is in the MINUS figures and close to minus 100 per cent.

    The sad death of that one individual could be explained by INCOMPETENCE, INABILITY to understand simple drug actions and amounts to me to a SUCCESSFUL MANSLAUGHTER case.

    Dozens of withdrawals of this product have occurred including mysterious reports of lacing this KILLER drug with cyanide. But the drug can kill very efficiently without any outside TOXIC additive and it does seem odd that ONLY the EXTRA STRENGTH versions ever killed people so easily!?

  10. I wonder if the health authority will follow up on the children recently vaccinated to see if any of them have a bad reaction to the vaccine or developed any autistic tendencies?

  11. I have just emailed Public Health Wales and requested an explanation. I am so glad I didn’t fall for it…I very nearly did!

  12. Oh, and I wrote to both the Guardian and the Independent and the Today programme for shoddy one sided coverage.

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  14. What a load of rubbish, these people are brainwashing you , MMR safe , your are all insane

  15. Andy … whoa boy…… what safety do you refer to? Who is brainwashed? Which people are insane and are they proven to be clinically insane, or just by your logic?

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