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NY measles emergency declared in Brooklyn

NY measles emergency declared in Brooklyn”

"This outbreak has been spreading".

The CDC has said that in the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, almost all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age and that an estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year.

"Every one of us has to feel responsibility for the situation because measles is so contagious, can spread so quickly", said De Blasio Tuesday morning.

Health officials also expressed alarm at reports of parents in the city holding so-called "measles parties" where they intentionally expose their unvaccinated children to an infected child in the mistaken belief doing so is a safe means to create immunity.

From January 1 to April 4, 2019, 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states.

The number of confirmed cases has increased dramatically since 2017, when there were only two confirmed cases.

He said Rockland officials are crafting a new order created to isolate people exposed to measles.

The outbreak has been predominately among ultra Orthodox Jews, and not unsimilar to outbreaks among other insular communities in recent years where parental fears about immunization have been influenced by an anti-vaccine movement in the larger population that persists despite scientific studies showing the safety of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

"This outbreak is being fuelled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighbourhoods", Dr Barbot said. They blamed the spike partly on anti-vaccine campaigns spreading misinformation that immunizations are risky.

What's more, the more children in the community have it, the higher risk of exposure for kids with weakened immune systems and pregnant women, who need to avoid the virus.

Anyone looking to find out where they can get vaccinated or to get more information can call 311.

"As Passover is coming up, it's important that all New Yorkers get vaccinated especially if they plan to travel overseas to Europe or Israel".

"This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately..."

Outbreaks nationwide have forced state and city health officials to pursue tougher stances, such as mandatory vaccines or banning unvaccinated children from public places, prompting legal challenges and judicial intervention. Others remain convinced, against expert assurances, that vaccines are unsafe.

"It's true that a lot of people have measles and measles are not a very good thing, but I think the vaccine also not a very good thing", Williamsburg resident Aron Braver said.

"And it's everybody's option to do what he wants".

Earlier this week, the city ordered religious schools and day care programs serving that community to exclude unvaccinated students or risk being closed down.

The health commissioner issued a mandate that yeshivas must keep unvaccinated children out of school.

Another Jewish religious community, north of the city but with close ties to Brooklyn, has also seen a surge, with at least 166 cases since October. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the USA since measles was eliminated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It said the vaccine was 97 per cent effective. MMR is available from your family practice and is free to eligible persons.

"Get the measles vaccine", Palacio said.



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