New York City declares public health emergency amid growing measles outbreak

New York City declares public health emergency amid growing measles outbreak

New York City declares public health emergency amid growing measles outbreak

Tuesday's announcement was the first time NY has ordered mandatory vaccinations in recent history, according to health officials.

New York City officials declared a public health emergency Tuesday in parts of the Williamsburg neighborhood, where a measles outbreak has run rampant in an Orthodox Jewish community since last October-largely among unvaccinated children.

It is the largest measles outbreak in the city since 1991.

As part of the emergency order, all residents of four Williamsburg zip codes - 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249 - must be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella if they are not already.

Battling a fast-growing measles outbreak, New York City has declared an emergency and ordered mandatory vaccinations under threat of fine in a Brooklyn neighborhood where the disease is spreading. They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science.

Government pushes for inoculations and public space bans of unvaccinated children have prompted a backlash among anti-vaccination activists, whose misinformation campaigns have led to declines for vaccinations against one of the world's most contagious diseases. "But if people just go and get vaccinated, there is no need for a fine". All but 39 of the confirmed cases are in children. While there have been no confirmed deaths so far, 21 people have been taken to hospital, with five admitted to intensive care, officials said.

From January 1 to April 4, 2019, 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states.

"We stand with the majority of people in this community who have worked hard to protect their children and those at risk".

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Officials also noted that Passover is approaching, meaning increased travel among people who could carry measles to or from NY.

The declaration requires all unvaccinated people in those areas who may have been exposed to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6 months old. "It is safe. It is effective".

It means that anyone who is not vaccinated and living in the area who might have been exposed to the measles will be required to receive the vaccination.

"It's crucial for people to understand the measles vaccine works", de Blasio continued.

"We urge everyone who can get vaccinated to get vaccinated", Barbot said.

The United States measles vaccination program began in 1963.

Earlier this week, the city ordered religious schools and daycare programmes serving that community to exclude unvaccinated students or risk being closed down.

Michigan's measles outbreak dates back to March 13, when the health department reported that the first case came from someone "visiting from Israel following a stay in NY".

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