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DE BLASIO'S NYC: Mayor Declares 'Health Emergency' as Measles Outbreak Hits Brooklyn

DE BLASIO'S NYC: Mayor Declares 'Health Emergency' as Measles Outbreak Hits Brooklyn

We can not allow this unsafe disease to make a comeback in New York City.

The city of NY has declared a public health emergency in response to the growing outbreak of measles in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, WLNY-TV reported Tuesday.

CBS reported that the "vast majority" of children in the largely ultra-Orthodox community of Williamsburg are vaccinated, but that the disease continues to spread due to how tight-knit the community is.

As part of the emergency declaration, any unvaccinated people living in affected zip codes who may have been exposed to the highly contagious viral illness will now be required to receive the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine or prove immunity.

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak and ordered mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood for people who may have been exposed to the virus.

"They're spreading this information through hotlines, some publications".

Last week, a state judge blocked an attempt by Rockland County officials to halt the spread of measles by banning unvaccinated children from public places.

In the city alone, 285 cases have been confirmed - 246 of which have been in children. That includes more than 20 hospitalizations and a handful of admissions to intensive care units.

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In the modern era, measles is rarely fatal, but Center for Disease Control numbers showed 1 in 10,000 cases resulted in death before 1963.

"We have a situation now where children are in danger". City health officials said Monday that yeshivas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that do not comply will face fines and possible closure.

Under the order, any person living in the affected areas who has not been vaccinated must be immunised within 48 hours.

News of the order got a mixed reaction in Williamsburg, with some residents - even those who support vaccination - saying they felt uncomfortable with the city pushing vaccines on people who don't want them.

"It's crucial for people to understand the measles vaccine works", de Blasio continued. "I know that getting vaccinated is far safer than getting measles". It is safe, it is effective, it is time-tested.

The Brooklyn outbreak has been tied to an unvaccinated child who contracted the disease during a trip to Israel, which has recently seen a high incidence of measles, the Washington Post reported.

Since 1963, "widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era", the CDC said.

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