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NY measles outbreak spreads to more counties

NY measles outbreak spreads to more counties

The clinics are being offered in an effort to stop the spread of the virus following the news that eight Westchester County residents have confirmed cases of measles. California also removed the personal reason exemption in 2015 following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland with 145 reported cases. More than 465 cases have been recorded nationwide since the start of the year.

Measles hot spots were gearing toward tighter policies.

After a failed public health campaign and an ineffective ban on unvaccinated school students, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking drastic measures to curb the nation's largest measles outbreak in decades.

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. 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 best protection is to be vaccinated with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine". The bogus information has been debunked several times.

Indeed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was quick to declare the city's action "legally questionable" and "a serious First Amendment issue" - though his failure to suggest any practical alternative suggests this was mostly his usual automatic dumping-on-de Blasio.

"In order to prevent an outbreak in your community, you have to have a 97 percent herd immunity rate", Sheffield said.

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A recent measles outbreak in NY and other states has left scientists wondering if the disease was ever truly vanquished.

Opponents of the order are trying to block it in court, according to New York City civil attorney Michael Sussman, whose office confirmed that he is involved in legal matters related to the issue.

Sussman also represented a group of parents in suburban Rockland County who challenged the county executive's order barring unvaccinated children from indoor public spaces.

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.

Some of the Westchester patients fell sick after visiting Brooklyn, where there is an outbreak of more than 250 cases. People planning to travel overseas should make sure they are protected from measles.

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

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. Vaccines are safe and effective.


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