Health officials expect the number of diagnoses to rise
By Kali Holloway / AlterNet
The anti-vaxxer misinformation campaign has led to yet another outbreak of a wholly preventable disease. Minnesota’s Department of Health has announced that 44 people in the state have been diagnosed with measles, a disease once eradicated in the United States. Forty-two of those cases are in children, most of them Somali-American, who were never vaccinated. According to numerous sources, the outbreak is the result of a sustained anti-vaccination campaign that convinced an immigrant community to be wary of life-saving science.
The largest Somali-American population in the country resides in Minnesota, mostly in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Those who arrived as refugees beginning in the late 1990s left behind a country where measles still kills 10,000 children annually. [Read more…]