New York City declares health emergency over measles outbreak

04/12/2019 03:00 | 2

New York City declares health emergency over measles outbreak

City health officials said yesterday that yeshivas in Williamsburg that do not comply will face fines and possible closure. This vaccine is safe.

"It's true that a lot of people have measles and measles are not a very good thing, but I think the vaccine also not a very good thing", Williamsburg resident Aron Braver said. "What he decides", Braver added.

According to the New York City Department of Health measles symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after being exposed to the virus. But for many others who haven't yet gotten their children immunized, this may prove decisive, she said.

He also warned against "measles parties", where parents expose their children to the measles infection in a bid to give them immunity.

Non-vaccinated minors in the county 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.

"If this is not an emergency, what is?" asked Day, a Republican. "This single yeshiva is connected to more than 40 cases, resulting in a large increase in measles cases and the continuation of the outbreak".

It said the vaccine was 97 per cent effective.

The city can't legally physically force someone to get a vaccination, but officials said people who ignore the order could be fined $1,000.

To encourage immunization, the city has created the slogan, "Don't wait".

Ross, who was deputy health commissioner at the time, said the church ran a school with about 1,000 children, none of whom were vaccinated. "But we don't control the parents, and we don't intend to control the parents". Along with the emergency announcement, officials also ordered mandatory vaccinations for everyone living in the heavily affected areas.

Q: Is a problem outside of the U.S.?

It's the second highest number of measles cases since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.

To achieve what is called herd immunity, which protects even those who are not vaccinated, a population must reach a 93 percent to 95 percent immunity rate.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, announced a public health emergency related to the measles outbreak at a press conference Tuesday. For example, an outbreak in Washington state is linked to a community where only about 80% of children were properly vaccinated.

The best protection from measles is to have two MMR vaccinations.

"There is a very strong anti-vaccination propaganda movement in these communities, and they're very effective", said Blima Marcus, a nurse practitioner who lives in Brooklyn.

A query was sent to two email addresses listed as contacts in the booklet.

Experts insist vaccines are safe and necessary to protect the larger community from highly infectious diseases like measles, which can cause severe diarrhea, pneumonia and vision loss and can be fatal in some cases.

There have been two reported cases of measles in CT this year - and none since February 4.

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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