Measles Outbreak Hits Christian Youth Revival Event

USA Today reports:

Three measles cases have been identified in Kentucky and are linked to the large, two week-long revival on the campus of Asbury University, a Christian school in Wilmore. Thousands of people from all over the country and globe attended the religious service – which captured the attention of social media users worldwide as the revival went viral on TikTok. “Anyone who attended the revival on Feb. 18 may have been exposed to measles,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

CNN reports:

For over three weeks, worshipers flew from across the country for the spontaneous event, standing in line outside of the college’s main chapel for an opportunity to take part in the singing, praying and discussion unfolding within. The event began February 8 and ended on February 23, according to CNN affiliate WTVQ, and it hosted 50,000 to 70,000 people. Measles is caused by a highly contagious respiratory virus spread through the air.

Christian and right wing outlets are comparing the Asbury Revival, which has headlined their sites for days, to the 70s “Jesus Freaks” youth movement.