Thanks, Anti-Vaccine Lunatics

Thanks an awful lot, with an emphasis on the word “awful”:

The number of measles cases in the United States this year has risen to 288, the highest number for one year since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

This also is the largest number of measles cases that the country reported in the first five months of a year since 1994, according to the CDC. Health officials say there were 764 cases of measles at this time in May 20 years ago, and 963 by the end of that year.

“We don’t want to break the record of 1994,” says Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general with the U.S. Public Health Service and director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

This is why she’s describing the latest numbers as a “wake-up call,” urging people who are unsure about their vaccine status to get inoculated.

The story doesn’t expressly blame the increase in measles cases on the anti-vaccine lunatics, but I have no problem doing so, and I think that I am on firm ground in how and where I cast blame.

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