The wife of White House communications director Bill Shine claimed Wednesday that the measles, now in an outbreak in New York and Washington states, “keep you healthy” and “fight cancer.”
The comments from Darla Shine came in a string of anti-vaccination tweets lamenting her own children’s vaccinations and touting her immunity to the contagious disease.
“The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kids Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fight cancer,” Shine said on Twitter.
She continued, referencing the measles vaccine known as MMR: “I had the #Measles #Mumps #ChickenPox as a child and so did every kid I knew – Sadly my kids had #MMR so they will never have the life long natural immunity I have. Come breathe on me!”
Shine, a former TV producer, launched into the claims after an apparent CNN report on the measles outbreak, which she called “fake” and “hysteria.”
The measles outbreaks in New York and Washington sent public health officials scrambling to contain a disease eliminated in the United States nearly 20 years ago.
One Washington county’s outbreak infected 50-plus people with the airborne disease, which leaves a red spotted rash inside the mouth that spreads over the body.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Josh Hafner