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12 April 2019, 02:25 | Randall Craig
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New York City's emergency action, which Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged was "unusual" and driven by "the sheer extent of the crisis", has seen health officials intensify their fight in the Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods, which have reported more than 285 measles cases since October, compared to two in all of 2017.
"As the outbreak continues to grow and even spread to other counties in NY, the mayor has ordered that people who are unvaccinated have 48 hours to get their shots or they will be fined "$1,000 per instance".
The child's symptoms were caused by a reaction to a vaccine, she said. The ultra-Orthodox communities of the county are the most affected by the measles outbreak according to the New York Times. The mandatory orders came after people stubbornly refused to get vaccinations for themselves and their kids. There have been 168 cases reported in Rockland since the fall. It encourages people to check CDC travel advisories online before traveling to any foreign location.
With talks of major advancements in medicine like an HIV cure and genetic editing, no one imagined that America would be infiltrated by a disease we conquered almost 20 years ago.
Twisted anti-vaxxer parents are holding "measles parties" so their children catch the frequently fatal virus instead of being vaccinated. It is transmitted through the air and on surfaces and is contagious before and after bumps show up, which is why it transfers so quickly from person to person.
It can lead to death, brain swelling and pneumonia.
Colleges in the D.C. area said they have had no instances of measles infections, but the University of Maryland sent out a campuswide notice Wednesday reminding students and employees that "Measles vaccine is required for students at UMD". The virus can exist up to two hours after an infected person leaves the room and a person can be infected for 14 days before symptoms appear. The issue, which involves allegations of false compliance with FDA standards for vaccines, prompted a False Claims Act lawsuit: United States v. Merck & Co. More than 465 cases have been recorded nationwide since the start of the year. 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. In all of 2018, 372 people were infected; and the biggest outbreak since eradication of the disease in the USA was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported.
The NYC Health Department recently issued an order banning all unvaccinated members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg from entering yeshivas and day care programs.
"Call your healthcare provider as soon as possible", Amler said: "The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective".
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