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Friday, February 1, 2019

More Measles

In The Politics of Autism, I look at the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism.  Antivax sentiment has been strong in the Pacific Northwest.

Kashmira Gander at Newsweek:
Some 349 cases of measles were identified across 26 states and the District of Columbia last year: The second highest levels in the U.S. since an outbreak in 2014 sickened 667 people. Last year’s bouts included the worst in New York since the 1990s, mostly affecting members of Orthodox Jewish communities and unvaccinated travelers returning from Israel.
And the issue has bled into 2019. In Clark County, Washington, a total of 38 people—including 27 children under the age of 10—have so far been affected by a measles outbreak which led its governor to declare a state of emergency to channel public funds to tackling the problem. Three unvaccinated members of the same family have been diagnosed with the disease in Atlanta, Georgia. Meanwhile, outbreaks in New York State, New York City, and New Jersey, are ongoing.