Martin Kulldorff, a Harvard professor with over 109 thousand followers, felt the wrath of Twitter yesterday after sharing a tweet on infectious diseases.

The tweet, which has nearly 6000 responses, reads:

“For thousands of years, disease pathogens have spread from person to person. Never before have carriers been blamed for infecting the next sick person. That is a very dangerous ideology.”

Since facing backlash, Martin returned to Twitter to confirm what he meant, stating: “Yes, that second sentence is incorrect. Good catch everyone. Blaming disease carriers has a long awful history. I thought most public health people opposed blaming, shaming and ostracizing. Now it is public health policy.”

Who is Martin Kulldorff?

Martin Kulldorff, PhD, is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a biostatistician and epidemiologist in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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According to the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics website, Dr. Kulldorff’s research centres on developing and applying new disease surveillance methods” for post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance and “for the early detection and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks.”

Dr. Kulldorff received a bachelor’s degree in mathematical statistics from Umeå University in Sweden, and a doctorate in operations research from Cornell University.

In a statement to Newsweek about his tweet, Dr. Kulldorff said:

“The second sentence is incorrect. Blaming disease carriers was wrong in the past. It is disturbing that such blame and shame now comes from public health officials, scientists and politicians. It is a very dangerous ideology.”

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