Biggest measles outbreak since 2000 strikes 19 states

Biggest measles outbreak since 2000 strikes 19 states

Ronald Pratt
April 14, 2019

Avi, who did not give his last name due to privacy concerns, said he doesn't believe the outbreak is as serious as Mayor Bill de Blasio makes it out to be.

This state of emergency banned children unvaccinated from measles (other than those with confirmed medical reasons) from public places. The declaration comes after the NYC Health Department issued Commissioner's Orders last week to all yeshivas and day care programs serving the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg.

"Our goal is not to fine anyone", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, calling the situation "a public health emergency". "And they may spread measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions".

It is a strong stance but one that the city hopes will help stem the outbreak.

The most recent tally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 465 cases across the U.S.so far this year, two-thirds of them in NY state.

Governor of Washington Jay Inslee also declared a state of emergency in January, urging immunization and citing the measles outbreak as "an extreme public health risk", according to a CNN article.

The notice said the university was "working to alert those students who have not submitted proper records". They Were Wrong (Donald G. McNeil Jr., April 2019) - "Public health officials worldwide tracked the results, monitoring cases and tracking outbreaks".

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De Blasio said Tuesday that he was confident New York City's vaccination order would survive any legal challenge.

Like most US states - all but three, including California - New York requires a series of vaccinations for school-age children but grants exemptions on both medical and religious grounds.

Measles is so contagious that when exposed, nine of 10 people who are not immune will also become sick from the virus.

"You will not find rabbis citing Jewish law to say people should not be vaccinated", he said, stressing that his federation, like other Jewish organizations, encourages vaccination. The drugmaker is the exclusive manufacturer of the MMR II - measles, mumps, rubella - vaccine, which is generally distributed in two doses. Those who are too young to receive certain vaccines, have allergies to components of vaccines, or are undergoing medical treatment depend on this herd immunity, as they are unable to be vaccinated themselves.

Simon Harris has indicated he may consider mandatory immunisation after saying it was "extremely irresponsible and dangerous" to send unvaccinated children to school. In response, anti-vaccination protesters have begun wearing yellow stars, claiming that rules based on vaccination status are analogous to the inhumane treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. A volunteer at the city's measles hotline said people who called in were being encouraged to get inoculations and report on whether they know people who recently had or now have the measles.

At a time when Rockland County is attempting to get a grip on the measles epidemic and efforts to convince unvaccinated residents to get the MMR shots, new cases of the virus have been confirmed in adjacent counties.