Measles - Outbreak - just the beginning


 Have you seen the new exhibit at The Smithsonian in Washington DC? You should. It touches upon many of the underlying factors fueling current day discussions about contagious disease and the fear of pandemics.At Microbide, we have followed with great concern the worldwide discussions regarding an increasingly loud debate over vaccinations. In particular, the recent increase in reported measles outbreaks is very concerning.

The CDC has stated:  “Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.”  []

With today's widely traveled populace, children are at the greatest risk. They are also dragged into the larger debate over vaccines and vaccinations because only those not inoculated can carry or transmit the virus. In 2000 the Pan American Health Organization announced that measles had effectively been eliminated in the USA.  Now, in 2019 over 700 cases have been diagnosed. Most cases are linked to travel. But the single largest risk to the measles free risk is vaccine refusals.

This issue of vaccines and vaccinations in US, UK, India (as elsewhere) have created dramatically increased panic, confusion, and  public health risks. Public engagement and understanding is essential to a successful and comprehensive vaccination program.

Microbide, as a rising player in the field of human health, recognizes that education is key to any successful global health initiative. Public engagement and understanding of disease origin and transmission is essential to every successful, comprehensive, vaccination programme. 

We all have a stake in the public health of our nations.  Disease knows no borders, be they geographic, societal or economic. The rumors and discussions that abound reinforce the need for agreement on a single standard for legitimate products in the market place. Education and outreach are hugely important and both need to be at the core of an informed civil society. 

Equally, there should be no place for sub-standard, or out of specification products to be allowed to continue on in the market or warehoused beyond their expected potency/maximum utility. Government compliance initiatives need to be respected and active enforcement actions against substandard products need to be visible and effective. These non-compliant, substandard items must be removed promptly from the market to avoid the temptation of potential use. This is true for sanitary, hygiene disinfectants and cleaning products as much as for vaccines and therapeutics.

Education and outreach are key components in eliminating fear and misinformation about product and application. This activity is hugely important for users and consumers alike and needs to be a constantly evolving and progressing activity. 

Only after active, visible and consistent compliance is demonstrated on all levels will there be an increase in confidence in the government, the products approval system, and the overall healthcare system. Only then would one expect a doubtful person to be encouraged to consent to vaccination.

The technology needed to keep the population safe exists. We need to encourage agreement that all people deserve one standard which is of the highest quality products and treatment available. Microbide approaches all our initiatives in this fashion and we call on other manufacturers to be mindful of the same.

Use of technology, support and enforcement of standards, widespread and consistent education all working in unison will make a difference. Beyond clean is more than just a slogan.  Beyond a doubt, safety is of the utmost importance.

Microbide is developing a series of products that embody the safety and efficacy so very much needed in biotech production and products.




Keith Spiro