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August 27th, 2013
06:21 PM ET

Measles outbreak linked to megachurch

A measles outbreak is so rarely heard of, some may even believe the disease to be eradicated, like scurvy. But it's still very much out there, and highly contagious - especially to those who have not received vaccinations for it.

At least 16 people linked to a megachurch northwest of Dallas have contracted measles. Health officials say it began when a visitor brought the virus back from overseas. The ministry for the Eagle Mountain International Church is led by televangelist Kenneth Copeland, whose sermons have carried anti-vaccine messages in the past.

"Immunity. Vaccination. Spiritual-induced immunity from sickness and disease," Copeland preached in June.
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