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New York County declares measles outbreak emergency

New York County declares measles outbreak emergency”

A county in NY state has declared a state of emergency following a severe outbreak of measles.

However, once a person is infected, there is no specific treatment for measles, meaning vaccination is literally a life-saving tool.

"It's an attention grab, there's no question about it", Rockland County Executive Ed Day said at a news conference, noting that he did not believe such a drastic step has ever been tried in the U.S. before.

"We must do everything in our power to end this outbreak and protect the health of those who can not be vaccinated for medical reasons and that of children too young to be vaccinated", said county executive Ed Day.

"This is a public health crisis and it's time we sound the alarm". The declaration states that all individuals under the age of 18 years who are not vaccinated are banned from public gatherings including civic centres, schools, shopping malls, restaurants and places of worship.

Day insisted that the intention was not to arrest people but raise awareness about the seriousness of the condition and the immediate efforts that need to be put in.

He emphasised that law enforcement will not be going around asking everyone for their vaccination records. "However, parents will be held accountable if they're found to be in violation of this emergency declaration". But despite the dangers, vaccination rates are declining in many countries.

But how could someone know if a teenager that passes by is vaccinated or not, many residents of the county raised questions like "Will unvaccinated teenagers wear a badge that will indicate that they are unvaccinated?"

Michael Sussman, a Civil rights attorney represents parents of 44 children who were not vaccinated and were thus not allowed to attend a Waldorf School in the county. 'It's irrational, ' he said.

As of Wednesday midnight, people who are unvaccinated and are under 18 will be banned from public areas in Rockland County, New York.

There have been 153 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County, which sits about 40 miles (64 kilometres) north of New York City.

Lainie Goldstein of Grandview said her son's middle school principal called her and said the boy can't attend school until he's vaccinated.

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