Westchester Has Its First Confirmed Cases Of Measles

15 April, 2019, 06:28 | Author: Sue Riley
  • Seth Wenig | AP

Facing the largest measles outbreak in 28 years, New York City has resorted to mandatory vaccination in one Brooklyn neighborhood, with $1,000 fines for noncompliance.

Rockland County, located near New York City, has also declared a 30-day public health emergency over a measles outbreak there that has seen 168 people contract the disease, according to the CDC. A state judge sided with the parents and issued a preliminary injunction against the emergency order. People who refuse the vaccine or who refuse to get their children vaccinated could be fined, though de Blasio said he hoped to avoid levying any fines.

But in the days that followed, parents from a private Waldorf school filed a lawsuit that called the ban "arbitrary" and "capricious".

Ross, who was deputy health commissioner at the time, said the church ran a school with about 1,000 children, none of whom were vaccinated.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order amid what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people have gotten measles since September.

"I haven't had anyone come to me and point out why the Bible opposes vaccination, but there are some who simply don't want to receive it", Coffey said.

"The children who are not vaccinated appear to have been exposed to measles by attending family events in Rockland County and in Brooklyn, where there have been ongoing outbreaks", Latimer says.

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However, as the city battles to get the outbreak under control, The New York Daily News uncovered that there are at least 2,700 NYC public school students who are still unvaccinated because of a medical or religious exemption - these stretch farther than just the yeshivas.

Some 285 measles cases have been identified in New York City since last fall, compared to two in all of 2017. The disease is transmitted when people who have not been vaccinated come into contact with others, so areas around global airports or proximity to communities who shun vaccines are of particular concern.

It has been well documented that in order for vaccines to be effective, the vast majority must be vaccinated in order to maintain herd immunity. "Those who have the vaccination won't have to worry".

It's a nightmare for public health officials, but it's good for Merck & Co., Inc. There are reports of handbooks targeting the Orthodox community, arguing vaccines are not kosher or misrepresenting the danger of measles. "And the reason the city government is empowered in a public health emergency is to save lives".

City health officials say the outbreak in Brooklyn began in October when an unvaccinated child visited Israel, where a major outbreak of measles is occurring. "You have a larger pool of babies".

The objective is to raise the vaccination rate from the current 72 percent, Ruppert said.

By the time the vaccines were administered, the measles outbreak in Philadelphia was subsiding - after nine children had died, including six from Faith Tabernacle. "I think it will help in getting the community covered", he said.

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