Unlike numerous other parts of the world that are suffering measle epidemics due largely to anti-vaccine hysteria, Australia has made measles their bitch by all but eliminating measles completely:
High take-up rates of the infant measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine has led to the elimination of the endemic measles virus in Australia, immunisation experts say. Researchers from the University of Sydney, writing in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, claim that in 2005 and 2007, Australia satisfied the main criteria of having a low level of measles infection, with less than one case per million people.
Way to go, Australia! Now unfortunately, there have been some obstacles along the way:
A total of 125 cases were reported in 2006 – equivalent to six cases per million – but more than half of these were attributed to a outbreak linked to the tour of a foreign spiritual group.
The aforementioned spiritual group was a traveling Hindu spiritualist who gave hugs to people everywhere he went. . .in addition to giving them a deadly disease, proving once again that religion kills.