Measles outbreak prompts NYC emergency — Travellers Beware

Henrietta Brewer
April 10, 2019

Officials said 285 measles cases have been confirmed in New York City since the beginning of the outbreak, the largest in the city since 1991.

"As a pediatrician, I know the MMR vaccine is safe and effective".

At least, that seems to be the lesson learned by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

That's up sharply from only two reported cases in all of 2017.

"In January, one yeshiva in Williamsburg fell out of compliance with the Department's exclusion mandate, allowing unvaccinated children back into school or daycare", the Health Department said in a news release.

Health officials have largely blamed the outbreaks on small but vocal anti-vaccine advocates who scare well-meaning parents by spreading risky lies and misinformation about life-saving vaccines and their safety. The cases led to 21 hospitalizations, including five admissions to intensive care units.

In New Zealand, one case of measles was confirmed in Mount Maunganui on Monday. "Unvaccinated people continue to get measles while overseas and bring the disease into the United States and spread it to others".

The virus can escalate into severe complications such as hard-to-treat bacterial infections, pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. The vaccine offers the same immunity boost without the ordeal of enduring the virus.

As skepticism over vaccines has increased in recent years, the number of cases of preventable diseases has spiked accordingly.

The key to preventing measles outbreaks is adequate vaccination rates.

The city can't physically force someone to get a vaccination, but officials said people who ignore the order could be fined US$1000 ($1325).

He was joined by health officials who decried what they called "misinformation" spread by opponents of vaccination. "Those who have not received the MMR vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given a violation and could be fined $1,000", Mayor De Blasio's office said in a statement. What's more, another outbreak is ongoing in the New York county of Rockland, which is north of New York City.

Community leaders and doctors welcomed the move.

The city's health department will check vaccination records of people suspected of making contact with infected patients. 'The schools are cooperating, everyone's cooperating'.

On Tuesday, de Blasio said the city would fine or even temporarily shut down yeshivas that did not abide by the order, The Times reported.

While it is possible to become infected with measles post-vaccination, the Mayo Clinic says it is unlikely, provided the immunizations are up-to-date. 'They will do anything and everything to improve the health of their children'. Most have been in Hasidic Jewish communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn. On Tuesday, he declared a state of emergency and mandated residents of the Williamsburg neighbourhood, where an outbreak of measles has been raging since last fall, get vaccinated for the viral disease.

There have been almost 300 cases of measles in the city, particularly concentrated in Orthodox Jewish communities in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Buzzfeed News reports.

In a rare order, New York City is requiring residents of a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles. Officials there banned children not vaccinated against measles from public spaces last month.

"This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000", it said. The order is being appealed by Rockland officials. Cases have been reported in Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

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