Mayor Declares 'Health Emergency' as Measles Outbreak Hits Brooklyn — DE BLASIO'S NYC

Alicia Farmer
April 10, 2019

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, mostly members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious community, have gotten measles since September.

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

In New York City late previous year, the health department ordered yeshivas and childcare centres in the Orthodox Jewish community to keep out unvaccinated students.

Officials say 285 measles cases have been confirmed in NY since the beginning of the outbreak, the largest in the city since 1991.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says measles is a risky and potentially deadly illness, that can easily be prevented with a vaccine. The cases led to 21 hospitalizations, including five admissions to intensive care units.

Miranda said there's no blueprint for how city officials could forcibly vaccinate people. Those who refuse to get the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine face a $1,000 fine, de Blasio said.

The emergency requires vaccinations for people exposed to the virus and applies only to those who live in four ZIP codes in Williamsburg.

To date, 285 cases have been confirmed since the beginning of the outbreak in October, with many of these new cases being confirmed in the last two months. "They have been spreading unsafe misinformation based on fake science", Dr. Barbot said in the statement.

On Friday, a NY state judge lifted the state of emergency imposed by Rockland County that would have barred minors not vaccinated against the measles from public places.

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In March. a county in NY state declared a state of emergency following a measles outbreak.

Michigan's measles outbreak dates back to March 13, when the health department reported that the first case came from someone "visiting from Israel following a stay in NY".

The outbreak began when an unvaccinated child visited Israel, where thousands of people have been sick, contracted the disease, and came back to Brooklyn.

"We try to control our school, and we really strive to comply 100% with the Department of Health", he said.

In Kentucky, a high school student sued state health officials after he was barred from playing basketball because he wasn't vaccinated for chickenpox.

Non-vaccinated minors were banned from public places in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease, and hundreds of people have now been vaccinated, according to authorities. CDC figures show 71.2 percent of children that age in Alabama had received the recommended doses vaccines, including MMR, in 2018. New Yorkers should make sure they have been vaccinated with MMR vaccine before traveling to Europe or Israel.

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

The National Institutes of Health says reports of serious reactions to vaccines are rare: about one in every 100,000 vaccinations.

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