30 Aug '13, 9pm

Thanks to Doubts About Vaccines, Texas Church Has Measles Outbreak

Thanks to Doubts About Vaccines, Texas Church Has Measles Outbreak

More than 25 people have contracted measles in a recent outbreak of the highly contagious disease in Texas. Many of those affected belong to the Eagle Mountain International Church , a megachurch whose pastor, Terri Copeland Pearsons, has previously made public statement skeptical about vaccines while referencing the widely discredited notion that vaccines can be linked to autism . Thanks to widespread immunization initiatives, the once-common childhood disease of measles that used to kill up to 500 Americans a year was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Recent years have seen outbreaks throughout the country, though, as 222 people had measles in 2011 and 135 have been affected so far this year, even though overall vaccination rates remain high. The complications of measles include ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and death. At 98 percent, the immuniz...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/thanks-to-doubts-about-vaccin...

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