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With Measles Outbreaks, A Deadly But Preventable Disease Returns

13 April 2019

(Donald G. McNeil Jr., April 2019) - "Faced with an expanding measles outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio of NY declared a public health emergency on Tuesday and ordered a program of mandatory vaccination in parts of Brooklyn". None of them attend public schools, Latimer said.

Since October she has been fighting an uphill battle to quell one of the worst US measles outbreaks in 20 years. Officials said the children all appear to have been exposed to measles in Rockland County or Brooklyn. But unvaccinated children and adults pose very real dangers to infants too young to be vaccinated, to people with compromised immune systems (such as those undergoing cancer treatment), and to pregnant women whose unborn babies can be infected.

"You will not find rabbis citing Jewish law to say people should not be vaccinated", he said, stressing that his federation, like other Jewish organizations, encourages vaccination.

"When you make the decision not to vaccinate your child, please understand you're also making that decision for the people around your child", warned Palacio, who said her services had received reports of so-called "measles parties" held to purposely expose children to the disease. Westchester's health commissioner says two had to be hospitalized. When anti-vaccination resistance raises the danger level this high, authorities must take all necessary steps to safeguard public health.

McCarthy had a massive platform at the time of her son's heart-rending diagnosis for autism, so when she correlated that diagnosis with "dangerous chemicals" in vaccines, panic among parents ensued.

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.

"I'm concerned but I'm not at a point of crisis mobilization", Latimer said.

Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes and rash. "He called me yesterday afternoon to tell me", she said of her son. Additionally, the CDC explains that sometimes people are unable to receive the MMR vaccine and become susceptible to infection during outbreaks among unvaccinated communities.

We need to choose our battles in this quest to keep our children safe and preserve our rights to individuality.

Health officials have made robocalls urging vaccination to more than 30,000 Williamsburg households and have stocked health care providers in the community with an ample supply of vaccine, Palacio said. He said that most things that happen in Jewish communities get blown out of proportion, "If it [the outbreak] was true, there would be signs outside every synagogue telling people not to go in, and there aren't". Most of these cases were found in unvaccinated or partially unvaccinated people, a majority of whom are children. During the third week of March, exposed individuals visited a dozen different locations on multiple dates, including several facilities associated with Orthodox Judaism, children's stores and restaurants in Lakewood, a regional emergency room, and Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal B.

Let's also not forget the other life-saving vaccines that protect us against such potentially deadly diseases as polio, hepatitis B, pneumococcal pneumonia, the flu, Haemophilus influenza type B, and HPV, which can cause cervical and throat cancers. The news was good: Measles declined worldwide by almost 80 percent between 2000 and 2016, with fatalities - mostly among children younger than age 5 - plummeting to about 90,000 per year from about 550,000.

Westchester borders Rockland County, where measles cases have been concentrated among members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

With Measles Outbreaks, A Deadly But Preventable Disease Returns