We know humble pie doesn’t taste great, but who knew it could be so expensive?
A prominent anti-vaccination advocate has been ordered to pay €100,000 (£7,113) after making a bet that measles couldn’t be proved to be an actual virus.
Stefan Lanka claimed measles was a ‘psychosomatic illness’ brought on by traumatic separation following the death of an 18-month-old boy from the virus in a recent outbreak.
But Lanka has now been ordered by a German court to shell out €100,000 (£7,113) after he announced via his website that he would pay anyone who could prove measles was an actual virus – and someone did.
Doctor David Barden presented a series of peer-reviewed studies after the announcement was posted four years ago. But when Lanka disregarded the studies and refused to pay, a Ravensburg court stepped in.
Lanka has said he will appeal the court’s decision.
His original posting read:
‘Because we know that the “measles virus” doesn’t exist, and according to biology and medical science can’t exist, and because we know the real cause of measles, we want the reward to get people to enlighten themselves, for the enlightened to help the less enlightened and for the enlightened to influence those in power.’
The World Health Organisation says that measles is a leading killer of young children even though a safe and cheap vaccination is readily available