Scientists fear MMR link to autism
A team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina shows that there could be a link between the controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children, findings which confirm the findings of Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link. In the samples they examined so far, over 90% of the children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism had vaccine strain measles in the bowles.
Dr Stephen Walker, head researcher: 'What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct. That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.'
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