By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Nigerian satirist’s tweet links the U.S. measles outbreak to some Americans’ panicked response to the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

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The irony wasn’t lost on the more than 30,000 people who retweeted the remark:

Elnathan John, a writer and self-described recovering lawyer, was making a pointed reference to the alarmist view by Americans who wanted to ban travel from Africa to the United States during the peak of the Ebola crisis.

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John later apologized.

Five babies at a Palatine daycare center were diagnosed with measles this week.

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An outbreak of measles at Disneyland made nation news and sparked a backlash against parents who don’t vaccinate their children.