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Measles Legacy of Disgraced Doctor

Author: Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health
February 16, 2014
Sunday Times


The legacy of the discredited research by MMR scare doctor Andrew Wakefield has been exposed by a map showing spikes in cases of preventable childhood diseases in areas across the globe where anti-vaccine campaigners are active.

Laurie Garrett, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank, who assembled the data for the interactive map, said there was growing evidence that "Wakefieldism" had become a worldwide phenomenon.

"Our data suggests that where Wakefield's message has caught on, measles follows," she said.

Many academics across Europe, America and Australasia believe that Wakefield's widely dismissed claims that the combined triple vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) increases the risk of autism contributed to some outbreaks of preventable diseases.

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