Measles Outbreak 2019: NYC announces a Public Health Emergency

The year is already shaping up to be one of the worst for measles outbreaks across the nation.

"The children who are not vaccinated appear to have been exposed to measles by attending family events in Rockland County and in Brooklyn, where there have been ongoing outbreaks", Latimer says.

The new cases were reported a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced mandatory MMR vaccinations for everyone living in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood - in one of the toughest measures against an outbreak in United States history. Two hundred eighty-five cases have been confirmed in New York City since the fall.

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. The disease is transmitted when people who have not been vaccinated come into contact with others, so areas around global airports or proximity to communities who shun vaccines are of particular concern. The city states that the first case was found in an unvaccinated child who had acquired the disease on a trip to Israel, which is now suffering an outbreak.

A growing number of vaccine exemptions are being filed at school districts across the state, with the majority of exempting parents in Utah claiming personal reasons over religious or medical reasons. "You can not get measles from the vaccine".

"(The vaccine reaction) is not a case", Ringler Cerniglia said.

It can lead to death, brain swelling and pneumonia.

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In response to the initial test results, the health department warned the public of possible measles exposure at a community center, a restaurant and an athletic club. His father has a doctor's office in the area.

"I don't expect that people are running out [to get vaccinated]. Our religion says that you should do it", he said across the street from the Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov school.

New York City health officials have made vaccinations mandatory in its hardest hit communities, threatening fines up to $1,000 for noncompliance, The Associated Press reports.

A child exhibiting symptoms of measles initially tested positive for the viral disease, but additional testing showed it was not a case of the measles, said Susan Ringler Cerniglia, Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson. The judge ruled the health department hadn't discriminated against Kunkel.

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".

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

City health officials declined to comment on the mayor's order. "He called me yesterday afternoon to tell me", she said of her son.

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