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Measles on the rise in Australia and Switzerland, too

Posted in Bad Astronomy by Skepdude on February 10, 2009

At what point do start to hold antivaxxers responsible? I ask, because we’re on the verge of a record year for measles in Australia: in Victoria, 11 cases have been reported in 2009 so far. That’s far more more than in 2006 and 2007 combined, and under extrapolation is as bad as an outbreak in 1999 where over 100 cases were reported.

As if that weren’t enough, Switzerland has had 22 cases reported in two days.

Is antivax rhetoric to blame here? The Australian article doesn’t say how many of these people were not vaccinated; several were adults, so they should have been vaccinated well before this craze of linking vaccines to health problems started up. But some kids were on that list, and I wonder if they were vaccinated, and if not, why not.

However, for the outbreak in Switzerland, it does look like antivaccination insanity is to blame

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