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DE BLASIO'S NYC: Mayor Declares 'Health Emergency' as Measles Outbreak Hits Brooklyn

DE BLASIO'S NYC: Mayor Declares 'Health Emergency' as Measles Outbreak Hits Brooklyn

Most cases have been reported from Williamsburg and Borough Park - two Brooklyn neighborhoods with large ultra-Orthodox Jewish populations, in which vaccination rates tend to be lower.

"It's crucial for people to understand the measles vaccine works", de Blasio continued.

"Every one of us has to feel responsibility for the situation because measles is so contagious, can spread so quickly", said De Blasio Tuesday morning.

New York City declared a public health emergency this Tuesday due to a measles outbreak that has hit the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. While there have been no confirmed deaths so far, 21 people have been hospitalized, with five admitted to intensive care, officials said.

Outbreaks nationwide have forced state and city health officials to pursue tougher stances, such as mandatory vaccines or banning unvaccinated children from public places, prompting legal challenges and judicial intervention. The community's rabbis have called on their followers public to get vaccinated, according to the report.

Officials say 285 measles cases have been confirmed in New York City since the beginning of the outbreak, the largest in the city since 1991.

Barbot cited a group of "anti-vaxxers" who are seeking to undermine the public health emergency. They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science.

"This is the epicentre of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately", de Blasio said.




As skepticism over vaccines has increased in recent years, the number of cases of preventable diseases has spiked accordingly.

"We stand with the majority of people in this community who have worked hard to protect their children and those at risk".

Video: Despite evidence that vaccines are safe and effective, the anti-vaccination movement is gaining strength.

Tuesday's announcement was the first time NY has ordered mandatory vaccinations in recent history, according to health officials.

"When people choose not to get their children vaccinated, they are putting their children and others - such as pregnant women, people on chemotherapy, and the elderly - at risk of contracting measles", Herminia Palacio, NYC's deputy mayor for health and human services, said in the release.

The New York City declaration requires all unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6 months old. "Back in the day people were having parties to expose their kids to chicken pox and measles".

Since 1963, "widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era", the CDC said.

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