Eli Federman, writing at Forbes, points out that Measles has a far deadlier recent history than Ebola currently does, and yet it’s fear of science that’s allowing both diseases to thrive:
Western anti-vaxxers are just like the tribal people protesting against modern medical intervention to treat Ebola in Sierra [Leone]. Both groups oppose safe modern medical intervention, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence of its benefits, and both are foregoing treatments that have saved millions of lives in the 20th century, and could save countless more in the future.
This is why science education matters. This is why we must continue to be vocal when religious groups try to dumb down science standards or talk show hosts make bad arguments against vaccination.
There are real life consequences.
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