Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Biggest measles outbreak since 2000 strikes 19 states

Biggest measles outbreak since 2000 strikes 19 states

Elsewhere in NY, especially in Brooklyn and Queens, the Orthodox Jewish community has been particularly hard hit.

New York City health officials have made vaccinations mandatory in its hardest hit communities, threatening fines up to $1,000 for noncompliance, The Associated Press reports. A state judge sided with the parents and issued a preliminary injunction against the emergency order last week.

Rockland County of NY declared a state of emergency as its measles outbreak entered its 26th week, last week, according to NBC. 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.

Following the ban, parents of unvaccinated children filed two cases in New York State Supreme Court to repeal the ban.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated in Westchester may call the health department for a free injection - 914-995-5800 for an appointment.

Dr Oxiris Barbot, the New York City health commissioner, said there had been reports of "measles parties" in the area in which parents deliberately expose their children to measles so that they become naturally immune after contracting the virus.

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

Anyone who visited the property outside that timeframe is not at risk from that particular exposure, health officials said. On Monday, New York City's Health Department reiterated its December order to yeshivas in Williamsburg, instructing them to exclude unvaccinated children from school and day care. "It's not just that they know what questions to ask".

"That is the defining experience which is what it may take to break through with those who are not vaccinating their children", he added. The news was good: Measles declined worldwide by almost 80 percent between 2000 and 2016, with fatalities - mostly among children younger than age 5 - plummeting to about 90,000 per year from about 550,000. Six of the children are siblings.

Eight people have contracted measles in New York's Westchester County as health officials fear the outbreak is spilling across the state.

However, Amler said, there are "vulnerable populations", such as children under 1, who may be unvaccinated.

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. "Most people do vaccinate their kids, it has nothing to do with religion". One of them was Cindy Scher, mother of four children age 7 to 17, all of whom have been vaccinated.

Some of the Westchester patients fell sick after visiting Brooklyn, where there is an outbreak of more than 250 cases.

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