Measles emergency in NYC

Desiree Burns
April 12, 2019

Health officials in NY are concerned - and furious - over the spread of the parties in the Big Apple borough of Brooklyn.

The majority of the cases have been concentrated in Hasidic communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn.

The city health department ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in Brooklyn on Monday to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the outbreak.

This comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered almost everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.

Numerous parents hosting these parties have received misinformation about the safety of vaccinations, others claim that extreme religious beliefs drive their decision to not vaccinate their children.

"Vaccines are safe and effective - and they work."

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. "That combination means this is the right time for this measure". A flawless storm of virulent anti-vaccine sentiment has taken hold in the United States in less than two decades - most commonly among those too young to remember the wrath of measles and other deadly diseases - that can be pinpointed to some of these factors: a fraudulent U.K. research study that linked autism with vaccines, the rise of uninformed and potentially risky social media chatter, and pockets of people who either don't believe measles is "as bad as we are told" or who desire natural, so-called alternative parenting styles.

A lawyer is poised to file a lawsuit challenging the order this week.

The state of emergency banned anyone who is under 18 years of age and unvaccinated against the measles from public places in Rockland County.

A state judge sided with Mr. Sussman and the parents, issuing a preliminary injunction against the county's emergency order. In the last few months, the Williamsburg area has reported 300 new cases of measles.

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The clinics are being offered in an effort to stop the spread of the virus following the news that eight Westchester County residents have confirmed cases of measles.

With the current measles outbreaks in NY and New Jersey, I want to stress the importance of all eligible patients receiving the measles vaccine, which is 97 percent effective.

Anyone who visited the property outside that timeframe is not at risk from that particular exposure, health officials said. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives".

"These are skills that we practice every day", Palacio said. People can spread measles before they even know they are sick.

"'If we catch people early enough, we can give them medication", Kiernan said. "They have experience gaining people's trust".

The vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella came under fire in a scientific paper by researcher Andrew Wakefield. "We have to protect our kids and our families", de Blasio said.

Health officials have made robocalls urging vaccination to more than 30,000 Williamsburg households and have stocked health care providers in the community with an ample supply of vaccine, Palacio said.

The city has ceaselessly worked over the past year to raise awareness about Measles vaccinations.

"There is an element of anti-vaccine supporters and sympathizers who do not want to get shots". The city states that the first case was found in an unvaccinated child who had acquired the disease on a trip to Israel, which is now suffering an outbreak. Close monitoring, plus education and outreach to further boost vaccination rates, are what now make sense for the Garden State, he and others said Wednesday. "I think it will help in getting the community covered", he said. Health officials say cases have been confirmed in Westchester and Sullivan Counties following the spike in infections in Rockland County and the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. But there's no right to allow your child to infect others with a serious disease.

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