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As of Jan. 30, the CDC reported 102 people from 14 states suffering from an outbreak of measles, most linked to exposure at an amusement park in California. As the highly contagious disease continues to spread, an ongoing controversy has flared regarding parents' choices not to vaccinate their children.
ECU English professor Dr. Andrea Kitta is an expert on the cultural history of vaccination, the anti-vaccination movement and what drives the decision not to vaccinate. Her research also includes pandemic illness, contagion and contamination, stigmatized disease and health information on the Internet.
She is the author of Vaccinations and Public Concern in History: Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception