Measles epidemic fuelled by rumour

Measles virus hits unvaccinated people fed falsehoods about danger of vaccines

Miami-based Tobi Ash has been a nurse for almost 30 years and, in that time, has seen only one case of measles - which is why she finds the current outbreak in the US particularly disturbing.

She lays part of the blame on the small but very vocal anti-vaccination movement, which opposes vaccinations on grounds ranging from the alleged harm they sometimes do - long debunked by robust scientific studies - to theories of a conspiracy by vaccine manufacturers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2019, with the headline 'Epidemic fuelled by rumour'. Print Edition | Subscribe