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NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak

12 April 2019

Facing a rapidly spreading outbreak of measles, Mayor Bill de Blasio has rightly declared a public health emergency, with fines for those who refuse to be vaccinated.

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

In January and February, Washington state reported an outbreak of at least 58 confirmed cases of measles. During the third week of March, exposed individuals visited a dozen different locations on multiple dates, including several facilities associated with Orthodox Judaism, children's stores and restaurants in Lakewood, a regional emergency room, and Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal B. "The vaccine has been proven safe and effective in preventing the spread of measles for decades and we have evidence".

"For instance, if a parent has three children and one of them gets the measles, exposing the other two, the fine would be $3,000".

"The situation in NYC is unfortunately a lot worse", Elnahal added.

The outbreak has largely been concentrated in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn.

As anti-vaccination movements continue to rise, Coffey explained that the widespread opposition to vaccination is mainly based in false news about side effects. The school requires students to be vaccinated, and Kotler said he was grateful they had done so.

Twisted anti-vaxxer parents are holding "measles parties" so their children catch the frequently fatal virus instead of being vaccinated.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 465 measles cases in the US since the start of the year, and 78 in the last week alone.

This state of emergency banned children unvaccinated from measles (other than those with confirmed medical reasons) from public places.

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Dr. Puthenmadam Radhakrishnan is a pediatrician in Ewing.

"There should be policies to protect people's different views", Gruber said. According to the state, 94.6 percent of Garden State pupils received all their shots during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Some in the Orthodox Jewish community oppose vaccines, saying it is a part of their religious belief or they refer to fears that vaccines will cause autism.

Health officials in NY are concerned - and furious - over the spread of the parties in the Big Apple borough of Brooklyn.

"'If we catch people early enough, we can give them medication", Kiernan said.

"With the number of cases in the country right now, I'd be surprised if we don't eventually get some", said Shawn Kiernan, senior epidemiologist with Fairfax County's communicative diseases division.

It's a nightmare for public health officials, but it's good for Merck & Co., Inc. Already this year, there have been almost 500 cases in 19 states in the U.S. "Even the hospital didn't know what it was at first, but now they figured it out". "I took my daughter to the doctor to get all the vaccines when she was young, it's really important".

But Michael Weinstein, director of the New Jersey Immunization Network, called the mayor's move "the right thing to do", given the high case numbers and population density in NY.

"So far, we've been spared the outbreak", Anderson said. The city had little choice.

NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak