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50,000 Unvaccinated Wisconsin Students Head to School Amid Measles Outbreak

Sep 5, 2019

By David G. McAfee

As the United States grapples with the worst measles outbreak it has seen in nearly three decades, nearly 50,000 unvaccinated Wisconsin students will reportedly be heading to school.

That’s the number of kids in Wisconsin who have waivers exempting them from vaccines that save lives and parents who don’t care enough about what that will do to their kids and their classmates. Even though measles had been eliminated in 2000, we’ve seen more than 1,200 cases of it this year alone.

I really do think it’s purely just dumb luck that this hasn’t spread to Wisconsin,” said James Conway, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Since November 2018, state health officials have investigated 382 suspected cases of measles; not one case has been confirmed.

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