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It's Thursday. ⚾️ The baseball season begins today. The home opener of the Yankees is against the Baltimore Orioles. The Mets are playing the Nationals in Washington.
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New York City issued an emergency order in December demanding that some schools prohibit students from being vaccinated against measles.
And in an exceptional move, Rockland County on Tuesday for 30 days, unvaccinated children could be excluded from public facilities.
By 2018, more than half of measles cases occurred in New York and New Jersey. Nearly two decades ago, the United States had passed more than a year without "continuous disease transmission".
You should know the following about measles in New York today.
Measles in New York City
According to the city's Department of Health, 214 cases of measles have been reported in Brooklyn and Queens since October.
In Williamsburg 161 cases were confirmed; There were 47 in Borough Park. The remaining cases were in Brooklyn's Midwood, Marine Park, Bensonhurst and Brighton Beach, and Flushing, Queens.
Measles in Rockland County  The county, which lies north of New York City and has more than 300,000 residents, had 155 confirmed cases, according to its Department of Health.
Are these cases related?  The eruption in both places has particularly affected ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities and is associated with travelers who brought measles from Israel where the disease spreads.
Lower vaccination rates and vaccine information are also contributing to the wave of cases, public officials say.
What exactly are measles?
Measles are among the most contagious infectious diseases. In 2017, 110,000 people were killed worldwide, especially children under the age of five.
In some cases, measles can lead to pneumonia, permanent deafness and brain damage.
What are the symptoms?
People can not show symptoms for up to two weeks after infection.
The signs of measles may initially appear benign – moderate fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose. Later, a fever can reach 104 or 105 degrees, and the tell-tale red spots may appear on the skin.
How does measles spread?
Measles are transmitted through droplets from the nose or mouth of an infected person. The virus can live in the airspace where the person inhaled, coughed or enjoyed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone who has not been vaccinated can catch "measles by staying in a room where a person with measles lives is up to two hours after that person has disappeared.
How safe and effective is the measles vaccine?
The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is extremely safe and effective, and the vast majority of people who undergo measles have become not vaccinated.
It does not cause autism.
If I decide not to vaccinate my child, why should someone else care?  An unvaccinated child can get the virus on and off Infants and immunocompromised people can not receive vaccines.
Why is this a problem now?
The vaccination rate has plummeted worldwide, with public health officials fighting while repeatedly pointing out that medical and scientific evidence confirms that vaccines are safe, there is a growing danger of misinformation
"This Feels like realizing in a real world what can happen when you're in an echo chamber, "said Michael Gold of the Times, who reported on the recent breakout] [ Here Learn more about what you need to know about measles including the places where the land has spread elsewhere.]
It's the opening day, and fifty years ago the Mets began their unlikely run to the World Series Championship. Here was a group of players who stumbled around in 1962, with fans embracing them almost defiantly. A team that slowly improved in the following years and found everything for a memorable season.
[Readmoreabout The 1969 season of Mets here
What we read
A Brooklyn city council faces criticism because he "gives Palestine not "in a tweet directed to a local reporter. Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
A young man from the Bronx – of whom we have told you – is changing the face of birdwatching. [WNYC]
Executive Producer of HBO's "Veep" wants Alec Baldwin for the mayor of New York City and the "Spirit of Mario Cuomo" as president. [Politico]
"The Truth Is That Haters Will Hate," Chirlane McCray, the city's first lady, said when asked about her mental health initiative. [New York Post]
The city has filed a lawsuit against Ballyhoo Media, the company behind these floating billboards (19459008). [Gothamist]
Listen to rare audio recordings of Lou Reed from his archive at the New York Public Library of Performing Arts in Manhattan. 11:00 am to 7:30 pm [Free] Afro-Puerto Rican author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa celebrates the 10th anniversary of "Daughters of the Stone" with a reading and book signing at the KRVC Development Corporation in the Bronx. 7 pm [Free] Get ready for an electronic music performance at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. 8 pm [$10] – Elisha Brown
Listen to rare audio recordings of Lou Reed from his archive at the New York Public Library of Performing Arts in Manhattan. 11:00 am to 7:30 pm [Free]
Afro-Puerto Rican author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa celebrates the 10th anniversary of "Daughters of the Stone" with a reading and book signing at the KRVC Development Corporation in the Bronx. 7 pm [Free]
Get ready for an electronic music performance at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. 8 pm [$10]
– Elisha Brown
The events are subject to change, so check this before you leave. For more events see the Exit Guide from The Times Culture pages.
And finally: a March-Madness-style one-liner comedy show
March Madness braces are not just for basketball. They are for pizza pieces. The name of the year and one-liner.
Emily Winter, a Brooklyn-born writer and comedian, founded One-Liner Madness, a six-year single-shot joke contest, and is hosting a version in the neighborhood this evening. (She has performed more than a dozen of these shows across the country.)
Here's how it works:
• Sixty-four comedians compete. There are two on stage, each one telling a one-line joke.
• The audience laughs (or boos – that's Brooklyn after all), and the judges decide who gets to the next round.
The competition lasts about 90 minutes and a lot of jokes are flying around – from the competitors, Ms. Winter and even the musician, who appears between the rounds.
The sets are short. No context is needed.
"I've never thrown a bad one," Ms. Winter said of the show, adding that it's usually a hit, even if the one-liners are not.
This means that the jokes will not be eliminated immediately, and if there is someone you do not like, they will not be on stage for so long.
It's Thursday – what's your best line?
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