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Disneyland measles outbreak sheds light on vaccine-hesitancy, waning awareness

March 31, 2015

The ongoing measles outbreak linked to Disneyland theme parks exemplifies the increasing prevalence of vaccine hesitancy in the United States and the impact it can have on public health.

“Although the index case has not yet been identified, the outbreak likely started sometime between Dec. 17 and 20, 2014. Rapid growth of cases across the United States indicates that a substantial percentage of the exposed population may be susceptible to infection due to lack of, or incomplete, vaccination,” study researcher Maimuna S. Majumder, MPH, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and colleagues wrote in JAMA Pediatrics.

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