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Anti-vaccination trend is fueling deadly measles outbreak in Samoa

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The island nation of Samoa is in the midst of a truly devastating measles epidemic. Over 2,600 confirmed cases of the disease have been tallied, with hundreds of new cases being added by the day. A total of 33 people have died at last count, including dozens of children.

When disease begins to spread across an isolated population, the effects can be brutal. Many of the 200,000 people who call Samoa home are now scrambling to receive vaccinations, but it's a recent anti-vaccination trend that may best explain how the outbreak happened in the first place.

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