In the Somali community in the U.S. state of Minnesota, whose members refuse to vaccinate children for fear that vaccinations cause autism, started a measles epidemic, reports The Washington Post.
The belief has been repeatedly disproved the theory that vaccination causes autism, supported in the Somali community activists of the movement against vaccinations, which repeatedly invited to Minnesota Andrew Wakefield, the author of the most scientific publication that marked the beginning of this myth, however, was subsequently withdrawn from the journal because the author was accused of falsifying data.
After the news of the outbreak of measles in the community of Wakefield and other activists said that was only provided parents with information.
However, under the influence of agitation, the number of vaccinated children in the community began to decline. In 2004, the Somali community of Minnesota has been vaccinated, 92% of children, and in 2014 – only 42%.
According to recent reports, the measles struck in the community 44 people, 43 of them children ten years and younger. More than ten children were hospitalized.