Measles outbreak in USA raises concerns over unvaccinated population

Leslie Hanson
April 12, 2019

Anyone who visited the property outside that timeframe is not at risk from that particular exposure, health officials said.

He also represents parents in Rockland County, a New York City suburb with a large Orthodox Jewish community, who challenged a local government executive order barring unvaccinated children from indoor public spaces.

Measles is highly contagious, infecting up to 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to it, the CDC said.

Authorities will carry out the order by interviewing Williamsburg residents who have been diagnosed with measles and then interviewing everyone who those people have come in contact with. They actually do know how to work with people.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated in Westchester may call the health department for a free injection - 914-995-5800 for an appointment.

David R. Curry, executive director of the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy, told China Daily: "Once your child is exposed and has measles, there is no better convincing argument to parents who may be questioning whether vaccinations work than when they have to come to grips with the fact that their child, because they were unvaccinated, suddenly has a potentially risky disease. They have experience gaining people's trust". If New Yorkers fail to take up the offer, they face $1,000 fines.

Eight people have contracted measles in New York's Westchester County as health officials fear the outbreak is spilling across the state.


"Our goal is not to fine anyone", de Blasio said.

Dr. Maitiu O Tuathail, president of the National Association of General Practitioners in Ireland (NAGPI), said last month that the "single biggest driving force for the reduction in vaccination uptake is misinformation on social media".

Officials said their efforts have paid off with 8,000 additional vaccinations in affected neighborhoods compared with the prior year. This outbreak has the second greatest number of infected individuals since measles was eradicated in the country in the 2000s.

Doctors who practice in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish communities say only a small number of people refuse inoculations outright because they believe erroneously that vaccines are harmful or that they violate Jewish law, but factors including large families may have helped the outbreak spread.

The child's symptoms were caused by a reaction to a vaccine, she said. "The delay it is what's fueling this outbreak". 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.

Since October, Rockland County has experienced a measles outbreak of more than 160 confirmed cases. Six of the children are siblings.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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