Right-Wing Website Blames Minnesota Measles Outbreak On Muslims

On April 25, WorldNetDaily published a column by so-called “medical researcher and author” Bill Sardi that is a lengthy rant against vaccines, in which he insisted that recent measles outbreaks have occurred largely among vaccinated people, not the unvaccinated, and that “pro-vaccine advocates do not hold the high scientific ground in the battle over whether to vaccinate or not vaccinate school-age children.” This is not new. WND has long been a friendly place for anti-vaxxers to peddle their conspiracy theories. Three days later, WND published an article by reporter Leo Hohmann seeking to blame a measles outbreak in a Somali-American community in Minnesota on Islam itself, under the clickbait headline, “Quran blamed in new U.S. disease outbreak.” Hohmann cited anti-Muslim activist Andrew Bostom, who in turn cited a random anti-vaxxer Muslim doctor. What Hohmann didn’t report: According to blogger Richard Bartholomew, a 2007 issue of WND’s print magazine Whistleblower ran a special issue on ”Scary Medicine: Exposing The Dark Side of Vaccines,” and one of its contributors, who is on the board of directors of something called the International Medical Council on Vaccination, whose website includes among its resources the very screed by the Muslim doctor from which Hohmann and Bostom are quoting. Hohmann’s article was further discredited when the Washington Post reported that anti-vaccination activists repeat...
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Amid ongoing U.S. measles outbreaks, one of the largest studies to date provides fresh evidence that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism.
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BOSTON (CBS) — A new large study should reassure parents there is no link between the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, and autism. Unfortunately, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, there are some parents who still worry that getting the shot will trigger autism in their children. This new study should finally put the issue to rest. Researchers looked at more than a half million children born in Denmark over 10 years. They found absolutely no increased risk of developing autism after getting the MMR vaccine. They also found that even in children at risk, the vaccine did not trigger autism in those kids. Mean...
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MONDAY, March 4, 2019 -- Amid ongoing U.S. measles outbreaks, one of the largest studies to date provides fresh evidence that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism. Danish researchers found no link between the MMR...
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