Whether because of scientific ignorance, paranoia or religious fanaticism the unvaccinated carry more disease and live unhealthier lives that the vaccinated population.
Mumps outbreak spreads into Metro
An outbreak of the mumps in the Fraser Valley has prompted health
officials to warn people to make sure they are immunized against the
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 scriipture 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.
Brodkin wouldn't identify the closely knit faith-based community but
said the mumps outbreak since spread well beyond that group.
"The virus is kind of travelling underground and popping up every time
it encounters somebody who is able to develop clinical mumps that we
recognize," said Brodkin.
Meanwhile, experts from the Fraser Health Authority were meeting to
decide whether additional efforts are needed to control the spread of
the preventable disease, provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall
told CBC News Tuesday morning.
As a precaution, Kendall said, people should ensure their immunizations
are up to date and avoid sharing drinking gear, straws or cigarettes,
because the disease can be transmitted through saliva exchange.