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The anti-vaxx movement is fueling the measles epidemic by deliberately targeting communities most affected by the disease

Hundreds of people, mostly ultra-Othodox Jews, gathered at a rally in New York last week to listen as speakers ticked off false claims about vaccines.
A map showing the 9 counties in the US that face the highest risk of a measles outbreak in 2019, according to researchers.

These are the places in the US most likely to get hit by a measles outbreak

A paper published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases identifies Cook County, Illinois, as the most at risk, followed by Los Angeles County.
A child is vaccinated for measles and mumps.

77% of Americans believe kids should be vaccinated against measles even if their parents object, poll shows

The news comes amid what public health experts call a "completely avoidable" outbreak of 764 measles cases recorded in the United States this year.
The measles virus.

Despite proposed fines for anti-vaxxers in Germany and New York, vaccine exemption bills may be on the rise

Germany and New York recently introduced bills to fine people who fail to vaccinate. But policies that let people forgo vaccinations may be on the rise.
Children are especially at risk for measles, a highly infectious disease that can be deadly if left untreated.

If you’re an anti-vaxxer, you have ‘blood on your hands,’ according to the UK’s healthcare secretary

UK health secretary Matt Hancock told The Times that anti-vaxxers "have blood on their hands" and that he won't rule out compulsory vaccinations.
"Avengers: Endgame."

A theater full of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ viewers in California may have been exposed to measles on opening night

Officials said a patient with measles went to a midnight showing of "Avengers: Endgame" in Fullerton, California, before realizing she was sick.
A still from a Church of Scientology promotional video for its Freewinds cruise ship with an added emoji. This picture was not taken in St. Lucia.

A Church of Scientology cruise ship is quarantined in the Caribbean over a possible measles outbreak onboard

The coast guard in St. Lucia said the ship is called the Freewinds, the same name as a vessel operated in the Caribbean by the Church of Scientology.
The entire population of Costa Rica was inoculated against smallpox, measles, and polio in a campaign carried out by government and US medical volunteers.

Tell-tale signs you or someone you know might have the measles

The measles vaccine was licensed in the US in 1963, but the virus is making a comeback. Early symptoms are like the flu, then a bumpy rash breaks out.
Actress Jenny McCarthy speaks at a rally calling for healthier vaccines June 4, 2008 in Washington, DC. Many at the rally are concerned about the connection between heavy metals in vaccines and autism.

How former ‘The View’ host Jenny McCarthy became the face of the anti-vaxx movement

Jenny McCarthy is one of the most well-known voices of the anti-vaxx movement, which uses false claims and junk science to argue against vaccines.
Measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles

Anti-vaxx memes are thriving on Instagram

While Facebook introduced a policy aimed at combatting vaccine misinformation on its platforms, anti-vax memes continue to thrive on Instagram.