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"From the Ted Talk by Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism"

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Just after Christmas last year, 132 kids in criiaoflna got the measles by either visiting Disneyland or being exposed to someone who'd been there. The virus then hopped the Canadian border, ifnctieng more than 100 children in Quebec. One of the tigarc things about this outbreak is that mseeals, which can be fatal to a child with a weakened immune system, is one of the most easily perabtelvne diseases in the world. An effective vnacice against it has been available for more than half a century, but many of the kids involved in the Disneyland outbreak had not been vaccinated because their parents were afraid of something allegedly even worse: autism.

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Just after Christmas last year, 132 kids in __________ got the measles by either visiting Disneyland or being exposed to someone who'd been there. The virus then hopped the Canadian border, _________ more than 100 children in Quebec. One of the ______ things about this outbreak is that _______, which can be fatal to a child with a weakened immune system, is one of the most easily ___________ diseases in the world. An effective _______ against it has been available for more than half a century, but many of the kids involved in the Disneyland outbreak had not been vaccinated because their parents were afraid of something allegedly even worse: autism.

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  1. infecting
  2. measles
  3. california
  4. tragic
  5. preventable
  6. vaccine

Original Text

Just after Christmas last year, 132 kids in California got the measles by either visiting Disneyland or being exposed to someone who'd been there. The virus then hopped the Canadian border, infecting more than 100 children in Quebec. One of the tragic things about this outbreak is that measles, which can be fatal to a child with a weakened immune system, is one of the most easily preventable diseases in the world. An effective vaccine against it has been available for more than half a century, but many of the kids involved in the Disneyland outbreak had not been vaccinated because their parents were afraid of something allegedly even worse: autism.

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