Measles in Michigan–Today and 120 years ago. Anti-vaccination trend irks parents, especially in Traverse City where outbreaks occur. Statistics on current antivaccine trends in Michigan (top figure and lower left). Geography of the 1896 outbreak that struck Michigan (lower right), from the State of Michigan Department of Health Annual Report.
A series of interesting spatial epidemiology questions can be generated from this news.
The first is ‘is this a continuation of the Disneyland’ outbreak or a new outbreak with different roots?’
The second, ‘could certain parts of the diffusion process in Michigan mimic their beahvioral patterns during the outbreak in 1896?’ We have the map to follow up on this question with.
Thirdly, ‘can we relate the Michigan introduction and diffusion process to human behaviors in the adjacent country of Canada?