CDC finds 78 new measles cases as outbreak sprints toward record

A nurse prepares the measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department

New York City has declared a public health emergency over the growing measles outbreak. But a judge last week overturned it, saying it's not yet a clear emergency.

The current outbreak has pushed New York City to take extreme measures, as they are now requiring vaccinations or written proof of immunity from everyone who lives and works in the neighborhoods affected by the outbreak-including babies younger than a year old, who are usually considered too young to get the measles vaccine.

New York City's effort to halt a measles outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood is facing opposition, with lawyers for parents opposed to vaccinations promising to file a lawsuit challenging the order by Friday. Such a health order is rare but not unheard-of in American history, medical experts said. A volunteer at the city's measles hotline said people who called in were being encouraged to get inoculations and report on whether they know people who recently had or now have the measles.

But so far, the epidemic is largely confined to Williamsburg and within its large Orthodox Jewish community. But they said they were taking additional steps to control the outbreak in advance of Passover, when some families may travel overseas to areas in Israel or Europe that are experiencing measles outbreaks. Since Sept 30, the area has produced 285 measles cases, city officials said at a news conference on Tuesday, including 246 children.

Most of the NY cases involved unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals, according to de Blasio's office. In 2019, there is no reason that your child should not be protected when we have at our fingertips safe and effective vaccines to prevent deadly diseases.

Instead, failure to vaccinate often is due to unfounded fears among people of all religions, cultures, ethnicities, and financial means.

In the United States, courts have supported officials in overriding individual rights to protect public health, said Dorit Reiss, professor at U.C. Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.

Other affected states include Washington with 36 measles cases, MI with 34 cases, California with 16 and New Jersey with 11. Under the code, the health commissioner has the authority to declare public health emergencies and take reasonable action "necessary for the health and safety" to protect against an existing threat.

"Our goal is not to fine anyone", de Blasio said. "It's a very small minority", said Dr. Jay Begun, a pediatrician in Williamsburg.

Westchester County neighbors Rockland County, where 168 people have contracted measles, prompting schools to temporarily ban unvaccinated children. "The delay it is what's fueling this outbreak". As confirmed, Measles is affecting especially the unvaccinated children who are aged 18 years and lesser.

City officials said that insured adults and children will be covered.

By the time the vaccines were administered, the measles outbreak in Philadelphia was subsiding - after nine children had died, including six from Faith Tabernacle.

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