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Measles outbreaks: When celebrities get in the way of science

More and more outbreaks of measles are being reported in Canada and the United States. The resurgence of this disease, once thought defeated, has physicians and public health authorities worried.

Now fingers are being pointed at the anti-vaccination movement that is mostly fueled by celebrities and social media perpetuating myths that have been debunked by science, believes Dr. Brian Rotenberg.

He worries that scientific evidence is being drowned out by celebrities.

Dr. Brian Rotenberg is an advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca and an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Western University, London, Ontario.

Interview by Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, journalist intern at EvidenceNetwork.ca, and journalist with Radio-Canada.

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