Cases in Rockland and Orange countiesA six-month measles outbreak has Rockland County in a state of emergency, with unvaccinated kids barred first from school and then, in a move that made worldwide headlines, from public places.
Measles is a disease that can often be fatal.
"We are monitoring and investigating this case very closely, including working with our local health departments to follow up with any individuals that may have been exposed to measles", Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell said in a statement.
The order came after a decree by the city's Health Department that states that any yeshivas (which are Orthodox Jewish schools dedicated primarily to studying Judaism) in Williamsburg that don't conform to the mandatory immunization law will be immediately issued a violation and fine as well as possible school closure. Measles is highly contagious and is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing.
This is not to say that there is a correlation between being Jewish and contracting measles. Herd immunity protects members of the population who are too young or too sick to get immunized.
"This outbreak is being fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods". "They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science". Measles has increased by 30 per cent globally, killing more than 100,000 people annually.
Immunisation is the best protection from measles, the vaccine that protects against measles is the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The schools are mandated to keep all unvaccinated children out, and any that continue to ignore the decree will be fined and potentially face closure. Measles was eradicated from the United States in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The infection kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease.
This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported.
For the 2017-2018 school year, the most recent data available, 96 percent of students in NY state were completely immunized, the NY state Department of Health reported.
There has been one confirmed case in Maryland as of Tuesday. "About 1 in 20 people who get the measles will end up getting a pneumonia from it This can be both a viral pneumonia from the measles itself or the measles can weaken the immune system enough that bacterial pneumonia can grow on top of that and these pneumonia's is the leading cause of death especially in children for the measles".
There have now been five cases of measles in the Bay of Plenty region in the past month, up by one since the middle of this week and taking the total this year to seven.