Anti-vaccine nonsense spurred NY’s largest outbreak in decades

Anti-vaccine nonsense spurred NY’s largest outbreak in decades

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Health officials in New York are cautiously optimistic that they
have a large measles outbreak under control after tackling the
noxious anti-vaccine myths and unfounded fears that fueled the
disease’s spread.

Since last fall, New York has tallied 177 confirmed cases of
measles, the largest outbreak the state has seen in decades. It
began with infected travelers, arriving from parts of Israel and
Europe where the highly contagious disease was spreading. In New
York, that spread has largely been confined to ultra-Orthodox
Jewish communities.

As measles rippled through those insular religious communities,
health officials ran into members who were wary of outsiders as
well as those who harbor harmful myths and fears about vaccines.
This included the completely false-yet-pernicious belief that the
measles vaccine causes autism.

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Anti-vaccine nonsense spurred NY’s largest outbreak in decades