A top federal health official said Thursday the recent outbreak of measles that first appeared in California's Disneyland probably came from overseas.
"We don't know exactly how this outbreak started, but we do think it was likely a person infected with measles overseas," Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters.
Popular radio host Michael Savage is not the least bit surprised by the news.
"Immigrants and epidemics – I've been sounding the alarm bell on this since I began in radio in 1994," Savage wrote to WND. "The socialist government, media, academic, medical apparatchiks have looked the other way or changed the origin of numerous illnesses which were once eradicated in our once-first world nation."
Savage, who holds a Ph.D in nutritional ethnomedicine, continued: "Measles had been nearly eradicated until about 15 years ago. When Clinton busted our border with Mexico, the floodgates were opened to infected migrants. Measles, TB, even malaria is returning! This is a form of medical genocide."
He continued: "These illegal migrants may have a greater resistance to these illnesses owing to the fact they live in the midst of the infecting organisms. Our population is nearly 'virgin' to these infectious organisms. The killer flu raging through our population, measles, TB are all the result of this anti-American government."
The charged-up Savage finished with an ominous historical analogy: "When European seamen arrived in Tahiti and the Marquesas, they brought with them smallpox, which nearly wiped out the entire local population in only 20 years. You see, the 'natives' had no resistance to this disease. We are now Obama's 'natives.'"
Lee Hieb, M.D., author of "Surviving the Medical Meltdown: Your Guide to Living Through the Disaster of Obamacare," was similarly unsurprised that the measles outbreak may have come from overseas.
"I've been saying this for a while, as many other doctors have been," Hieb said. "When you open your borders without medical screening to these illegals, you're not just bringing measles. Measles is just the overt thing. You're bringing a lot of diseases, and this is going to be one of them."
She continued, "So that viral gastroenteritis that came, leprosy, for God's sake, malaria – all these things that we had basically eradicated in this country are going to become resurgent."
Jane M. Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, also joined the discussion.
She has been in solo practice of general internal medicine since 1981, and is a clinical lecturer in medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, authoring "Your Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Health Care."
"I believe the index case for all recent U.S. measles outbreaks was infected abroad," she told WND. "We have had a surge of children from abroad. It is said that Central America has good vaccination and public health – but illegals come without vaccine records. Children from Central America who were screened in Nogales, Arizona, were given one dose of MMR."
She said, "Unlike natural immunity, which is more robust and generally lifelong, vaccine-induced immunity wanes. A lot of American adults are susceptible, even if fully vaccinated as children. It is unfortunate that monovalent measles vaccine is no longer made available. The measles vaccine is the one that is most needed; the most feared adverse effects are associated with MMR (measles mumps rubella)."