NEW YORK CITY – The number of confirmed measles cases in New York City has risen to 329 since October and, according to the city's health department, the outbreak is expected to worsen over the next 3 to 5 weeks. 19659002] "We expect these numbers to continue given the incubation period," said NYC Health Commissioner. Oxiris Barbot, on Monday. It can take up to 21 days for the symptoms of measles to appear after a person has been exposed to the virus.
"We are very worried about Passover and the break [spring]. This is a time when students and families gather. ", Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, said. Herminia Palacio. "This is a highly contagious disease. Ninety percent of people who are not vaccinated or immune and who come into contact with someone with measles get infected.
The eruption of measles in New York City is the largest in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US experienced the second worst measles outbreak since the high-risk and dangerous disease was declared in 2000. By 201
The measles outbreak has spread mainly in the Orthodox countries Jewish community with lower vaccination coverage by four zip codes that include the Greater Williamsburg area.
The New York Department of Health also announced Monday that the United Talmudical Academy's 3-5-year-old daycare center in Williamsburg has refused to disclose vaccinations and attendance records for students staying at its center due to a refusal or not to be able to be a violation of the health officer. e Mergency Order from last week.
"The school may be reopened if it convinces us that it is able to keep students in the school who should be in school, and to keep the students from school out of school"
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Last week, the commissioner ordered all yeshivas, Jewish religious schools and child care centers in the outbreak zone to exclude unvaccinated children from attending school. Another 22 other Yeshivas, Jewish religious schools and daycare centers were convicted of violations, and if they did not comply with them, their faces were closed.
Barbot also confirmed on Monday that the city imposed fines on people or schools, who did not decide to follow the prescribed vaccination instruction, the city said that those s I would infect with measles and decide against vaccination because the compulsory order would require a fine of $ 1,000.
When she asked how many fines were imposed, Barbot said she did not know then. 19659003] Of the 329 confirmed measles cases in New York, 284 are children and 45 are adults. There were 25 hospital admissions and of the six ICU patients, two remained in stable condition.
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New York Health officials said they worked with Orthodox Jewish leaders to fight campaigns against immunizations. Dr. Barbot said they have published robocalls in 30,000 homes and mailings describing all the ways in which vaccines are safe.
"Vaccine is the way to stop this outbreak," said Palacio. "This anti-Vax movement has proven to be very dangerous. These outbreaks should not happen. We should not have active measles in the United States. Period. Point. "