Updated:
Original:

Watch: John Oliver looks at the MN measles outbreak on his HBO show

Oliver also made some jokes at the expense of Garrison Keillor and the Mall of America.
Author:

The Minnesota measles outbreak has slowed down in recent weeks but the ongoing debate surrounding its spread became the focus of HBO's John Oliver on Sunday.

The British host and his team took a look at the outbreak predominantly among the Minnesota Somali community against the wider backdrop of the oft-debated, yet repeatedly debunked claim that the MMR vaccine that protects people against measles causes autism.

The claim stemmed from a '90s study by former surgeon Andrew Wakefield, from the U.K., whose report into an apparent link between the vaccines and autism was pulled from medical journal The Lancet due to "serious procedural errors, undisclosed financial conflicts of interest, and ethical violations," PublicHealth.org notes.

Wakefield lost his medical license, yet he continues to pursue his anti-MMR crusade, meeting with a group of Somali parents in Minneapolis in 2011, as reported by the Star Tribune.

As you can expect from Oliver – and HBO – there are a few curse words thrown in for good measure, not to mention some quips at the expense of Garrison Keillor (with the host mistakenly adding an "s" to Garrison) and the Mall of America.

You can watch the clip below.

https://youtu.be/7VG_s2PCH_c?t=4m28s

What is the latest on Minnesota's measles outbreak?

As Last Week Tonight With John Oliver notes, the 78 cases in Minnesota so far this year are more than the entire number of reported cases in the U.S. during the whole of 2016.

But there are signs that the outbreak is slowing. FOX 9 reported on June 5 the number of measles cases in the state was up to 75, so there have been only three more confirmed cases in the three weeks since then.

According to Minnesota Department of Health figures, 69 of the 78 measles cases are in Hennepin County, with three in Ramsey, four in Crow Wing and two in Le Sueur counties.

Seventy-four of the 78 cases have hit children up to 17 years old, and all but seven of the cases afflicts unvaccinated patients. Sixty-five of the patients are Somali-Americans.

Next Up

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.

CDC biohazard scientist health work

New clue may explain how rare tropical disease sickened Minnesotan

The disease, known as melioidosis, killed 2 people earlier this year.

Sen Mark Koran crop

MN lawmaker encourages donations for locals charged in Jan. 6 insurrection

"They are a good family!" Sen. Mark Koran wrote Friday.

money

Money Gal Coaching: Mastering the spiritual parts of money

Kelly Blodgett used her passion behind becoming debt free to launch Money Gal Coaching.

University of minnesota sign

U of M will now require proof that employees have been vaccinated for COVID

Previously, only students were required to be vaccinated.

Jim Hagedorn

Report reveals details about ethics investigation into Rep. Hagedorn

The congressman described the report's findings as "unfounded conclusions."

33462769592_d32f34fd48_k

SkyWest cancels hundreds of flights due to server error

More than 80 have been canceled at MSP Airport.

elk

First elk in more than 100 years spotted in parts of southern WI

The elk population was reintroduced to Wisconsin in recent decades.

grand marais

10 beautiful Minnesota cities to visit for outdoor adventures

These places are perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

Related

Amid MN measles outbreak, anti-vaccine speaker tells Somalis not to be bullied by health officials

Minnesota health officials say all medical research points to no link between MMR vaccines and autism.

The measles outbreak spreads to a 4th Minnesota county

There are now 58 confirmed cases in the state.

Allina Health is limiting child visits to its hospitals over measles outbreak

More than 40 people have been infected with measles in Minnesota.

MN measles outbreak: 32 cases, spreads to third county

This is the largest measles outbreak since 1990.

3 unvaccinated toddlers in MN have measles

Health officials are also monitoring those exposed to the three kids.

Video: Everything you need to know about Minnesota's measles outbreak

What exactly is measles, how can you protect yourself, and why is everyone talking about it?

Minnesota's measles outbreak has spread to another county

It's now Minnesota's biggest measles outbreak of the last 20 years.

The measles outbreak is over; here's what we learned

79 people got sick this year; here's what we learned.