More measles cases confirmed

NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak

With talks of major advancements in medicine like an HIV cure and genetic editing, no one imagined that America would be infiltrated by a disease we conquered almost 20 years ago. Yet today, communities in NY and Washington state are experiencing devastating outbreaks today.

There have been 465 measles cases across the United States since the start of 2019, with 78 new cases in the last week alone, the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, said on Monday.

A CDC report states that the USA had a notifiable measles outbreak in 1912, resulting in around 6,000 deaths every year, until scientists developed the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in 1963. None of the measles cases in Brooklyn has been deadly, but the measles virus- usually recognized by a rash of red spots- can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death. "It means people have to be cautious when they see someone coughing or sneezing that is out the ordinary".

"This is a public health emergency", the Democratic mayor said.

In Rockland County, the local Jewish community represents about one-third of county inhabitants, including a large number of Orthodox Jews.

Other affected states include Washington with 36 measles cases, MI with 34 cases, California with 16 and New Jersey with 11.

Dr Oxiris Barbot, the New York City health commissioner, said there had been reports of "measles parties" in the area in which parents deliberately expose their children to measles so that they become naturally immune after contracting the virus.

Mary Anderson, a spokeswoman for Montgomery County's Health and Human Services Department, noted that in the Washington region it is easy to find people who live in one state, travel to work in the other and then stop in Washington to eat or shop.

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On Wednesday, Rockland County health officials confirmed there are now 173 reported cases of the illness in the area.

Nor is the city alone in recognizing the problem: Rockland County last month banned the unvaccinated from public spaces for 30 days. He said he was "unapologetically pro-vaccine". However, he explained that diverse perspectives should be respected. But that's an expensive treatment route that doesn't protect everyone, he said.

This year, the World Health Organization ranked "vaccine hesitancy" in its list of the 10 biggest threats to global health.

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

Palacio spoke a day after she joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials in announcing the vaccine order affecting four ZIP codes in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and threatening possible fines of up to $1,000 for noncompliance.

As anti-vaccination movements continue to rise, Coffey explained that the widespread opposition to vaccination is mainly based in false news about side effects.

Dozens of free vaccination clinics have been organized around the county - including one Friday in the town of Haverstraw - with 17,654 doses of vaccine administered to date. She added that a true understanding of vaccination requires more than surface-level explanations found in the media. And the US Court of Appeals in 2015 upheld the city's mandatory vaccination law, ruling that exclusion of religious exemptions "during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease is clearly constitutional".

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