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L.A TIMES: Study links Disneyland measles outbreak to low vaccination rates

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By KAREN KAPLAN The New York Times March 16th, 2015 First published here   Although epidemiologists have not yet identified the person who brought measles to Disneyland, triggering an international outbreak, researchers now say that parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids are probably to blame. Using some simple math, the researchers show that the vaccination… Read more »

N.Y Times: As Measles Cases Spread in U.S., So Does Anxiety

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By Diantha Parker and Timothy Williams The New York Times January 30th, 2015 First published here   The measles outbreak tied to Disneyland continued to spread anxiety Friday as two new cases emerged overnight in Marin County in California — along with at least one in Nebraska — while Arizona officials warned that at least 1,000… Read more »

N.Y TIMES: Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles

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By JACK HEALY New York Times January 30th, 2015 First published here HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Their children have been sent home from school. Their families are barred from birthday parties and neighborhood play dates. Online, people call them negligent and criminal. And as officials in 14 states grapple to contain a spreading measles outbreak that… Read more »

N.Y Times: Disneyland, Measles and Madness

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By Frank Bruni New York Times January 31st, 2015 First published here A FEW years back, an acerbic friend of mine who was a recent transplant to Los Angeles told me that she itched to write a satirical novel with the following narrative: A group of wealthy, educated people in Santa Monica who deliberately didn’t… Read more »

WAPO: The Disneyland measles outbreak and the disgraced doctor who whipped up vaccination fear

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By Terrence McCoy The Washington Post January 23rd, 2015 First published here Just before 7 p.m. last Thursday, as the Disneyland measles outbreak was emerging, the Los Angeles Times published an outraged editorial. It didn’t blame Disneyland, where the outbreak originated before going on to infect 70 people across six states. Nor did it blame any public agency…. Read more »

IBTIMES: Disneyland Measles Outbreak: California’s Vaccination Campaign Falling Flat As More Parents Turn To Internet

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By  Philip Ross International Business Times January 22nd, 2015 First published here The Disneyland measles outbreak in southern California has once again pitted health experts against a rising population of wealthy and educated anti-vaccinators who believe the vaccines themselves are dangerous. Cases of measles have surged in the U.S. faster than any time in nearly… Read more »

TELEGRAPH: Disneyland measles outbreak spreads amid anti-childhood vaccination row

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By Philip Sherwell Telegraph January 22nd, 2015 First published here It is the self-styled “happiest place on earth”. But Disneyland is also now the source of a measles outbreak that has spread beyond California as health experts express alarm about the impact of the anti-childhood vaccination movement. At least 59 cases have been diagnosed in California,… Read more »

LA TIMES: Jenny McCarthy: anti-vaxxer, public menace

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By Michael Hiltzik Los Angeles Times January 27th, 2015 First published here To provide context to the ongoing outbreak of measles linked to visits to Disneyland and the influence of the anti-vaccination movement, science writer Seth Mnookin revisits the saga of one of the most celebrated anti-vaxxers, starlet Jenny McCarthy. Mnookin’s reporting on McCarthy comes from… Read more »

U.S NEWS: What’s Really Behind the Measles Outbreak

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By Kimberly Leonard U.S NEWS January 26th, 2015 First published here Medical authorities have been quick to point to the anti-vaccine movement as the cause for the measles outbreak in California, but an analysis of the data suggests there may be other contributing factors, from public health measures that targeted only children to lack of… Read more »