While the anti-vaxxers are largely responsible for the recent measles outbreak in many Orthodox Jewish communities in the United States and Israel, another anti-vaxxer community is being fingered in another viral outbreak.
At least 36 students at a North Carolina school with a heavy anti-vaccine population have been sickened following an outbreak of the chickenpox virus, health officials said.
The outbreak, formally known as varicella, hit Asheville Waldorf School in Ashville, according to a news release from Buncombe County Health & Human Services.
Health officials warned that the best way to prevent becoming infected with the virus is to be “fully immunized.”
“We want to be clear: vaccination is the best protection from chickenpox,” Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, the county medical director, said. “Two doses of varicella vaccine can offer significant protection against childhood chickenpox and shingles as an adult.”
“When we see high numbers of unimmunized children and adults, we know that an illness like chickenpox can spread easily throughout the community- into our playgrounds, grocery stores, and sports teams.”
The private school, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported, “has one of the highest vaccination religious exemption rates in North Carolina.”
Asheville Waldorf, in the 2017-2018 school year, “had a higher rate of religious exemptions for vaccinations than all but two other schools in the state.”
Of the school’s 152 students, 110 have not received the chickenpox vaccine, Fox News reported.
(Sources: Fox news / CNN / NY Post)