Last Wednesday night, a CBS report discussing the Northwest “measles outbreak” claimed that a number of cities around the country were equally at risk.
In Washington, which has now declared a state of measles emergency, there is a high-density of non-medical vaccine exemptions.
But the city of Pittsburgh took issue with its name being mentioned in an article geared towards stirring national fear.
“Doctors now worry the virus will spread to other hotspots across the country in large metropolitan areas like Seattle, Phoenix, Detroit and Pittsburgh,” the report said.
Allegheny County officials said this assertion is blatantly false.
“The data in Allegheny County is very similar, if not even a little lower than the rest of the state. The exemptions here are very low,” state health department spokesperson Nate Wardle said.
The CBS report cited discredited data ranked Pittsburgh/Allegheny County as 12th in the nation for personal and religious vaccine exemptions.
“Pennsylvania’s exemption rates are low compared to many other states, and many of the counties in Pennsylvania also have low exemption rates. So the data was incorrect in that study,” Wardle said.
The original CBS report seemingly removed the dis-truth from the article but issued no apology or update for its readers.