Green Jihad

A five-year study published earlier this month in the journal Social Science and Medicine states that Twitter is flourishing with anti-vaccine sentiment.

However, what is interesting is that geography, not politics, that makes a difference. FiercePharma points out researchers found tweets from users in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania posted the highest number from 2009 to 2015.

No matter where they are located, anti-vaccine activists can review their handiwork first hand with an interactive map posted online by the Vaccine Alliance. The map is based on data compiled by the Council on Foreign Relations from 2008 to 2017 and shows outbreaks of preventable diseases worldwide.

Recent research suggests that recent outbreaks of diseases, like measles or smallpox, are attributed to anti-vaccine groups and the disinformation they spread. A measles outbreak in Hennepin, Minnesota among the city’s Somali Muslim community is connected to anti-vaccine groups who campaigned heavily in…

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