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Entries from March 2011

Measles outbreak at a glance

March 31st, 2011 · 5 Comments · Miseducation, Urban legend

Tweet The Minnesota Department of Health has so far confirmed 14 cases of measles, six eight of which have required hospitalization. All but one of the cases has been linked to an unvaccinated Somali child who picked up the disease during a trip to Kenya. MDH daily updates can be seen here. Of the 14 […]

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Vaccine Rejectionism Spectrum Disorder

March 26th, 2011 · 21 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet “Anti-vaccine doctor met with Somalis” went a recent headline in the Minneapolis StarTribune. It refers to Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced former UK physician who reanimated a moribund anti-vaccine movement in the US and elsewhere with his fraudulent 1998 Lancet paper. Wakefield was in the Twin Cities last week to reassure Minnesota’s 70,000-strong Somali population […]

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