How the anti-vaccine movement targets cities – and creates disease ‘hotspots’
Just a 30-minute drive from Portland, Oregon, is Washington’s Clark County, home to one of the largest outbreaks of measles in the US. Of the 70 or so confirmed cases, the majority are unvaccinated children under the age of 10.
In a country that had previously eliminated measles, in 2000, hundreds of children are being kept out of school to avoid exposure to the disease. It is so contagious that if one child is diagnosed, all are considered at risk.
The outbreak, declared a public health emergency earlier this year, began when an infected person from another country visited the area. All it took was for this “patient zero” to come into contact with children who hadn’t been inoculated. Then, as these children visited healthcare facilities, schools, churches and a furniture shop, the disease began to spread.
Source: The Guardian