Health Emergency Declared in NYC Measles Outbreak

Unvaccinated people living in certain ZIP codes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will have to get the measles vaccine, and those who do not comply will be issued violations and possibly fines.
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The bill, a response to the worst measles outbreak in two decades, would make it harder for parents to opt their children out of shots.
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A flight attendant has reportedly fallen into a “deep coma” after contracting measles, according to health authorities. The 43-year-old female El Al Airlines flight attendant was admitted to a hospital after coming down with a fever on March 31, CBS News reports. Her condition has worsened since then, and she now has encephalitis, or brain inflammation, and is breathing with the assistance of a respirator at Israel’s Meir Medical Center, according to CNN. Israeli health officials said the woman may have been infected with measles in New York, Israel or a flight between the two locations, both of which are...
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Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children ’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”.
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Trump hasn't urged more vaccinations, yet.
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(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States. Today, the US and many other countries are experiencing outbreaks of measles because of declines in measles vaccine coverage. Without renewed focus on vaccination efforts, the disease may rebound in full force, according to a commentary in NEJM by infectious diseases experts at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Penn State University College of Medicine's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
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With Passover approaching, there's expected to be an increase in visitors from Brooklyn, where mandatory vaccinations were ordered last week.
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United Talmudical Academy, which has around 250 kids aged three to five years old and 10 teachers, is in Williamsburg, one of the areas hardest-hit by the current measles outbreak.
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Measles outbreaks across the US are forcing public health officials to take drastic action to get people vaccinated, threatening fines or even jail time
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A total of 555 measles cases have occurred this year, surpassing 372 last year and approaching 667 in 2014, according to the CDC. Vaccination refusal is the primary driver of the disease outbreaks.Medscape Medical News
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The number of measles cases reported around the world has roughly tripled since last year, according to preliminary data from the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 112,000 measles cases in 170 countries have been reported to the WHO so far this year. By contrast, about 28,000 measles cases in 163 countries were reported at this time last year, the WHO says. There are likely many more cases that have gone unreported, the WHO says, but the data provides a good sense of global disease trends. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday also released updated figures for domestic cases of measles. Th...
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