(L.A.) Jorans Keshish, 27, Died From Measles Vaccination

Case Number: 2004-02713

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 27-year-old Caucasian male that occurred at his residence.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Jorans Keshish.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death A: Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

Cause of Death B: Consequences of Measles Vaccination

RIP JORANS KESHISH (March 23, 1977 – April 3, 2004)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Saturday at 7:45 a.m.

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), also known as Dawson disease, is a rare form of progressive brain inflammation caused by a persistent infection with the measles virus.

In the United States, the estimated rate of SSPE following measles vaccination averaged 0.7 reported SSPE cases per million doses of live-virus measles vaccine distributed from 1963 (the year of vaccine licensure) through 1974.

Of the over 150,000 records made public by the county’s medical examiner, this is the only case we’ve seen of SSPE.