Eight Unvaccinated Children Contract Measles in Westchester County

Measles epidemic spreads to Westchester — 8 unvaccinated kids contract disease

De Blasio also warned he might temporarily close non-compliant yeshivas in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community at the heart of the outbreak, according to The New York Times. In all of 2018, 372 people were infected; and the biggest outbreak since eradication of the disease in the US was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported.

Westchester County neighbors Rockland County, where 168 people have contracted measles, prompting schools to temporarily ban unvaccinated children. "Our religion says that you should do it", he said across the street from the Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov school.

Most of the NY cases involved unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals, according to de Blasio's office.

The order concerns all people living or working in four zip codes of Williamsburg, northwest Brooklyn, where some residents oppose vaccines on religious grounds - although neither Jewish texts nor local Jewish authorities advise against vaccination.

Also on Wednesday, officials in Westchester County just north of New York City announced that measles has been confirmed in eight children who were apparently exposed to the highly contagious virus while visiting Rockland County or Brooklyn. They should not go to a health care facility unannounced to avoid spreading measles to others.

However some locals, like Miriam, 66, are anxious about how the outbreak may affect their family members.

Some public health experts say the issue highlights a growing tension between infectious disease vaccination requirements and the religious liberty arguments increasingly relied upon to justify denying inoculations.

Latimer said people who have been vaccinated need not worry about contracting the virus.

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In response, Sinai Hospital is asking visitors under age 14 to avoid its northwest Baltimore campus unless they have an appointment, the Baltimore Sun recently reported. 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. That year, the disease was reported at a rate of 1.83 cases per day.

"Parents should definitely vaccinate their kids", Fuel said in Spanish, as she stood on the corner of Havemeyer and Division Street.

De Blasio took to Twitter to reinforce the importance of vaccines. Anyone who resists faces a misdemeanor charge and could be fined up to $1,000.

In 27 years of practicing medicine, Ruppert said, this is "one of the most challenging health crises I have had to deal with".

Amler advised parents to consult with their healthcare provider about moving up plans to give their young children the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

"Choosing not to vaccinate without a medical reason is putting the rights of other children and their parents in jeopardy", said Dinowitz. "But I don't see any side effects", she said.

If you have any questions about measles or the MMR vaccine, please call the Westchester County Department of Health at 914-813-5000.

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