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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cost of Cleaning Up Bloody Antivax Protest: $70k

In The Politics of Autism, I look at the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms have helped spread this dangerous myth. Measles can kill.  The antivaxxers sometimes resort to harassment.

Hannah Wiley at The Sacramento Bee:
The California Senate paid at least $70,000 to clean and disinfect its chamber after an anti-vaccine activist threw a menstrual cup that splattered lawmakers with blood in September.
According to invoices obtained by The Sacramento Bee through the Legislative Open Records Act, the Senate paid $8,700 to ForensiClean, a Sacramento company that specializes in the “removal of blood and other potentially infectious material,” and $62,595 to NRC US Holding Company, an agency that sends response teams to manage “spill and high hazard” situations.
Rebecca Dalelio had traveled to the Sacramento Capitol to protest legislation, since signed into law, that restricts when doctors can write vaccine medical exemptions for California school children.