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Parents lose autism case

A special court ruled Thursday against three families’ case that vaccines may have triggered autism in their children.

The Cedillo, Hazelhurst and Snyder families wanted compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program on the basis that their children did not show autistic symptoms until after they received two vaccines, according to CNN.

A panel of three “special masters? ruled that the parents did not have enough evidence to support their claims.

The case began in 2007 on the basis that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in combination with vaccines with thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury, triggered autism, according to Reuters.

After ruling, Special Master George L. Hastings Jr. wrote that he felt sympathy for the Cedillo family, especially for their daughter, Michelle, but that there was not enough evidence to rule in their favor.

“I must decide this case not on sentiment, but by analyzing the evidence,? Hastings wrote, according to CNN. “In this case the evidence advanced by the petitioners has fallen far short of demonstrating such a link.?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a statement saying it continues to support research to learn more about autistic disorders and that no medical nor scientific community has found anything linking vaccines and autism. CNN