‘Maybe take a look…’ Rick Wilson RAGES at ‘anti-vaxxers’ for polio, but did he even read the article?

It is all the rage to blame “anti-vaxxers” for the world’s ills, but one may want to read more than the headline of an article before ranting on Twitter, lest they look like Rick Wilson.

Wilson took to Twitter to lament that “anti-vaxxer morons” are somehow responsible for an “outbreak” of polio in the United Kingdom. However, the fearmongering headline of the article wasn’t quite on par with the information contained within.

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An outbreak of polio certainly sounds frightening, and anyone who has spent any amount of time researching the disease is certainly wary of any chance of a resurgence. A deeper dive into the actual circumstances behind the “outbreak” shows that it’s not necessarily “anti-vaxxers” who are at fault.

From The US Sun:

Experts have detected the same bug in London sewage samples since April – a clear signal of a community outbreak.

No cases have yet been confirmed in the UK and the UKHSA said samples were found in East and North London.

This, chiefs say ‘suggests it is likely there has been some spread between closely-linked individuals’.


While no cases have presented, the UK Health Security Agency believes “a traveller – likely from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Nigeria – shed the virus in their stools after being given the oral polio inoculation.” This is quite a far cry from the picture Wilson was likely trying to paint with his comments regarding “anti-vaxxers.”

Aside from this, even officials “insist the overall risk to the public remains very low” as “[v]accine-derived poliovirus is rare.”

However, the risk is not zero, and vaccine-derived poliovirus still has the potential to spread, especially among communities with low vaccination rates.

The replies on the tweet attempted to set Wilson straight as well:


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