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Church Puts Faith In God Over Measles Plague
An outbreak of measles in north Texas has been linked to a church which is trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics and religious sermons.
The congregation of the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark were exposed to the infectious disease after coming into contact with a visitor from overseas.
In a statement posted on its website, the church said: "We ask that others join with us in prayer over this outbreak, and we believe that God is moving on behalf of each affected family.
"We know the truth; we are healed according to Isaiah 53:4-5 and I Peter 2:24 and are standing against any plague that would try to attack us as a body.
"By faith we are standing on the Word of God. When standing for healing there are natural steps as well as spiritual steps to take."
In a recent sermon posted online, senior pastor Terri Pearsons encouraged those who have yet to be vaccinated to do so, while also noting if they think they've "got this covered in your household by faith" not to do it.
Some 189 church members have been vaccinated for the disease at clinics held at the church. Immunoglobulin shots were given to children too young to receive the full vaccine.
Health officials said three of the 11 people diagnosed with measles have already recovered.
Officials said that the 21 people affected by the outbreak range in age from four months to 44-years-old. All of the school-age children who caught the disease were home-schooled.