Well, it looks as though the anti-vaxxers have struck again, and their idiocy has taken hold in Canada: the mumps is back in B.C.!
An outbreak of the mumps in the Fraser Valley has prompted health officials to warn people to make sure they are immunized against the disease.
As thousands of children prepare to head back to school, the outbreak, which began in a religious community, has already spread westward into Metro Vancouver — as far as Burnaby.
There have been 116 confirmed cases of mumps and another 74 suspected cases since February, according to the Fraser Health Authority. On average, the region has only 10 cases a year.
Two people from Alberta carried the mumps to a religious community near Agassiz that has a low rate of vaccinations, said Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin of the Fraser Health Authority.
“My understanding is their interpretation of scripture is that to immunize would be to show a lack of faith in God’s ability to protect them, and therefore they choose not to do that,” said Brodkin.
Orac at Respectful Insolence and Sandra Porter at Discovering Biology in a Digital World both have comments on this subject, and Orac especially has already said most of what I would have said. All I can do at this point is shake my head in disgust.