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German measles still spreading in anthroposophical community

Published tisdag 31 juli 2012 kl 13.31

An outbreak of German measles is still spreading in the Järna south of Stockholm, an area known for its anthroposophical community, followers of the teachings of the German social reformer Rudolf Steiner.

So far this year, 47 people there have contracted the virus, according to the Stockholm County health authorities.

The county medical officer Ingegerd Hökeberg suspects there are also a large number of unreported cases.

"I spoke to a person in Järna, and she told me there were cases around, but that people were waiting for more infections. There is a wish to contract the disease in order to develop an immunity," Hökeberg told news agency TT.

Anthroposophy teaches an approach to vaccination that differs from conventional medicine.

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