Minnesota is having it worst measles outbreak in decades and guess who was involved? Yup, Andrew Wakefield. I don’t put a Dr. before his name because he was stripped of his license years ago. Why? Well, if you don’t know:
Wakefield’s prominence stems from a 1998 study he authored, which claimed to show a link between the vaccine and autism. The study was later identified as fraudulent and was retracted by the medical journal that published it, and his medical license was revoked.
Basically, he was the guy that started this anti-vaxxer movement and people have died due to his fraud. The worst part is that he doesn’t stop:
Wakefield, a British activist who now lives in Texas, visited Minneapolis at least three times in 2010 and 2011 to meet privately with Somali parents of autistic children, according to local anti-vaccine advocates.
And the result:
What was Wakefield’s response to the outbreak?
“The Somalis had decided themselves that they were particularly concerned,” Wakefield said last week. “I was responding to that.”
He maintained that he bears no fault for what is now happening within the community: “I don’t feel responsible at all.”
Can someone put this guy in jail or something?