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You May Not As Protected From The Measles Outbreak As You Think

You May Not As Protected From The Measles Outbreak As You Think”

The first two cases were reported in late January and early February.

Among one of the most infectious viruses in the world, the aggressiveness of the disease forced authorities in New York City on Wednesday to declare a state of emergency, requiring persons exposed to be vaccinated immediately.

De Blasio says that the emergency spans four different ZIP codes around NYC. "We can not allow this risky disease to make a comeback here in New York City", de Blasio said. "We have to stop it now", added Mayor Bill de Blasio. We have a situation now where children are in danger.

The city said it would help everyone covered by the order get the vaccine if they can't get it quickly through their regular medical provider. Those that do not get vaccinated may face a misdemeanor charge and fines.

This sentiment was echoed by Dr Herminia Palacio, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, who warned of the potential consequences of intentionally contracting measles - where it can often be fatal.

Toi Te Ora Public Health say five cases of measles have been confirmed in the Bay of Plenty region in the past month. Among these groups, people have been spreading alarming misinformation about the dangers of vaccines. Once the germs get in, they're in, and since nobody has been immunized, everyone is at risk. Currently, New York's MMR vaccination rate is at 91.1 percent, below the 94 percent requirement to achieve herd immunity.

"This outbreak is being fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods", Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said in statement. They have been spreading unsafe misinformation based on fake science, ' Barbot said.

De Blasio threatened a $1,000 fine for anyone who skipped the measles vaccine in the neighborhood. The patient had not recently been vaccinated for measles, health officials said in a press release.

Recent attempts at stopping the increase of this disease have proven unsuccessful.

Everyone potentially exposed at the above sites is already outside of the time period for the MMR to prevent infection in unvaccinated, exposed individuals (72 hours).

The United States declared measles eliminated from the country in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination, meaning it is no longer constantly present. This leads to cases that arise in the USA after being picked up in another country, and that quickly spread to unvaccinated people that didn't think they would ever encounter it.

Health officials told us what would happen if there was a case of measles in our area.

That order was overturned by a state judge on Friday, local media reported.

There has been one confirmed case in Maryland as of Tuesday.

There have been more than 400 measles cases in 19 states just this year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.



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