NYC declares emergency over measles outbreak, mandates vaccinations

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 15, 2019

Under mandatory vaccinations, members of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients.

"This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the USA since measles was eliminated in 2000", it said.

And "because measles is so transmissible, in order to prevent this kind of spread, you have to have very high levels of vaccine [coverage] - well over 90%", said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease and preventive medicine specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. De Blasio stated that schools who continue to do this may be temporarily shutdown.

Meanwhile, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention elevated its response to measles, establishing a larger team to focus on outbreaks that have sickened 465 people nationwide this year - the second-greatest number of cases reported in the US since measles was eliminated domestically in 2000.

The disease spreads easily and can be fatal. The total this year as of last week is 465, the highest count since 2014. The city health department ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in a neighborhood of Brooklyn on Monday to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the current measles outbreak. Most have been in Hasidic Jewish communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order on Tuesday (local time) amid what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people have contracted measles since September.

The New York Civil Liberties Union also questioned the city's move. As of late last week, there had been at least 166 confirmed cases there.

New York City's order applies to people who live, work or go to school in four ZIP codes in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. A judge halted the order.

"I want to emphasize, our public health system stands ready to help any New Yorker who needs the vaccine for themselves or their child".

He stressed that measles can be very serious, even deadly in rare cases.

Doubt over the security and asserted symptoms of antibodies has assumed a significant role in flare-ups among wealthier countries around the globe, where guardians are deciding not to inoculate their youngsters, regularly refering to prevalent however exposed misinformation - rather than swearing off vaccination for absence of access to the immunization, which is the thing that will in general advance the spread of the disease in less fortunate nations. "This includes the elevated risk to young infants as well as those who are immunosuppressed".

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The Department of Health has declared measles outbreak in five regions in the Philippines, including Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Western and Central Visayas.

The mayor said that this is the kernel of a measles epidemic that is extremely disturbing and must be handled with at once.

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