New York City declares health emergency over measles outbreak in Williamsburg

New York City threatens to close yeshivas over unvaccinated children

"This outbreak is being fuelled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighbourhoods".

As part of the emergency declaration, any unvaccinated people living in affected zip codes who may have been exposed to the highly contagious viral illness will now be required to receive the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine or prove immunity.

"This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately", Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Tuesday.

The city said it would help everyone covered by the order get the vaccine if they can't get it quickly through their regular medical provider.

"We are concerned about families having measles parties", New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said at a news conference, emphasizing that "we live in a different world now".

CT is taking a wait-and-see approach as its next door neighbor NY battles a measles outbreak by declaring a public health state of emergency. There have been 285 confirmed cases of measles since October 2018.

Cases have also been confirmed in Auckland and Christchurch. They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science. We're talking about people's lives here.

Besides New York, there have been outbreaks this year in Washington state, California. It is also a community whose members travel frequently to other countries where measles is more prevalent. By law it is allowed the health Commissioner of the city of NY, in the case of a threat to public health regulations with criminal penalties.

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His decision and comments came after the city has been trying for months to disseminate information through various channels to get people to get vaccinations for themselves and their children. This vaccine is safe.

"It's true that a lot of people have measles, and measles are not a very good thing, said resident Aron Braver, but he thinks the vaccine is "also not a very good thing".

"And it's everybody's option to do what he wants". And the current tally of cases (465 and climbing) is already the second largest number of cases reported in a year since the disease was formally wiped out in 2000. "We are consistently putting the message out on social media and in press releases and on our website", state health commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. Officials there and elsewhere have sought to bar unvaccinated children from schools and other public places but have had only limited success. "So there's no financial reason not to get this vaccine".

Measles has been a nationally notifiable disease in the United States since 1912.

Infected persons should stay in isolation - staying home from school or work - during this time.

If you're looking to get a measles vaccination, you can call your physician, dial 311 or visit vaccines.gov and enter your zip code to find the nearest location that offers the MMR vaccine.

In an April 9 interview on WAMC with Alan Chartok, chief executive office of the Northeast Public Radio station, New York Governor Andrew Cumo said he thought the debate over parental rights to not vaccine their children against the right of the public to be protected would end up in the courts.

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