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MN measles outbreak traced to single child in Somali community fearful of vaccine myth

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics identified Patient Zero in the new measles epidemic as a 30-month-old child from Minnesota who had recently traveled to Kenya. The unvaccinated child of Somali descent lived within an immigrant community in Minneapolis that had a low rate for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination,…

Anti-vaccine activists contributing to measles outbreaks around the U.S.

Outbreaks of measles, a disease once considered practically dormant, are on the rise once again, in part because of the spread of anti-vaccine activism, Think Progress reported on Friday. A report released last year by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that measles cases were recorded…

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