NY measles outbreak spreads to more counties

Maricruz Casares
Abril 12, 2019

Facing the largest measles outbreak in 28 years, New York City has resorted to mandatory vaccination in one Brooklyn neighborhood, with $1,000 fines for noncompliance.

At a time when Rockland County is attempting to get a grip on the measles epidemic and efforts to convince unvaccinated residents to get the MMR shots, new cases of the virus have been confirmed in adjacent counties.

On Thursday, New York City public health officials were wrestling with the logistics of dealing with an estimated 1,800 children in the affected eras who they believe haven't been immunized. Those who refuse to obey to get the Measles vaccine even during the outbreak will be handled one by one after consulting with the legal team.

The vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella came under fire in a scientific paper by researcher Andrew Wakefield.

"The measles vaccine is highly effective", Dr. Herminia Palacio, the city's deputy mayor for health and human services, said Wednesday.

This year's measles outbreak is on track to be the biggest since the sometimes deadly virus was eliminated in the U.S.in 2000.

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Avi, 17, a resident of Kensington, Brooklyn, said he and hasn't seen any cases of measles.

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

Westchester County neighbors Rockland County, where 168 people have contracted measles, prompting schools to temporarily ban unvaccinated children.

"Our goal is to get people vaccinated", he said.

Coffey added that, while it is important to accept others' opinions and let them make their own choices, people should be informed of the health risks associated with remaining unvaccinated. In issuing the order, the health department said that any yeshiva in Williamsburg that does not comply will face fines and possible closure. "We have to protect our kids and our families", de Blasio said. While the City has unquestionable authority to control disease outbreaks, it may not violate the bedrock principle of prior, free and informed consent to all medical interventions, including vaccines. Complications can include hearing loss, pneumonia, swelling of the brain and death. He said that most things that happen in Jewish communities get blown out of proportion, "If it [the outbreak] was true, there would be signs outside every synagogue telling people not to go in, and there aren't". Westchester County Executive George Latimer confirmed the first recent cases of measles in Westchester.

The child's symptoms were caused by a reaction to a vaccine, she said. The City may quarantine, isolate, trace contacts and strongly urge vaccination, but it may not impose such a draconian mandate without demonstrating necessity, reasonableness, proportionality, harm avoidance, non-discrimination, due process and equal protection.

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