ALBANY, New York (AP) – A district in the northern suburbs of New York City has declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall, and hopes that a ban on Awakening unvaccinated children in public places, their parents become serious about the problem.
"It's an eye-catcher, there's no question," said Ed Day, Rockland County CEO, at a press conference. He did not believe that such a drastic step had ever been taken in the US before.
Day said he wanted to take action to reverse a recent bullish trend in cases where worrying reports were released of health workers finding resistance in investigating cases. Rockland's outbreak hit hardest the Orthodox Jewish communities where vaccination rates tend to be lower.
According to the statement, which lasts at least 30 days, anyone under the age of 1
Day acknowledged, however, that there are no concerted enforcement measures and that there is no intention to arrest people, but to emphasize the seriousness of the situation.
"There Will Be No Law Enforcement Deputy Sheriffs ask for vaccination records. That's ridiculous, "said Day. "Parents, however, are held responsible if they violate this emergency declaration."
The county is experiencing the longest measles outbreak in the state of New York since the disease was officially exterminated in the United States in 2000. Health officials say the best way to stop the disease from spreading is 92 to 95 percent coverage in the community. Day said only 72.9 percent of people under the age of 18 were vaccinated against measles in Rockland County, which has more than 300,000 residents.
The disease began in the area last October, when seven unvaccinated travelers who had been diagnosed with measles entered the county and spread 153 cases to date, Day said. In the first days of the outbreak, people cooperated with health officials and got vaccinated, but that has changed.
"Our health The inspectors were hung up and told them not to call again. They were told, "We do not discuss, do not return," when they visited the homes of infected people as part of their investigation, "said Day." This kind of reaction is unacceptable and, frankly, irresponsible. "
Citing an "unprecedented measles outbreak," this month rejected parents' request that 44 unvaccinated children be returned to a Waldorf school in Rockland County, and on the same day, the pediatric organizations expressed their support for the country's legislation, which would allow minors to be vaccinated without parental consent.
Democratic sponsors of the state legislature said that too many parents believe unsupported online claims are that vaccines are unsafe and cause autism or other conditions.
Day repeated this message and noticed that celebrities have spoken out against vaccines
"If you seek People Magazine and Jenny McCarthy and Robert De Niro for your medical advice, you must reevaluate your life," he said.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists six measles outbreaks in the country in 2019, which are defined as three or more cases, including Rockland County. The CDC said the outbreaks are associated with travelers who brought the disease from other countries, such as Israel and the Ukraine, where major measles outbreaks occur.
There have been 181 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn and Queens since October, most of them According to CDC, members of the Orthodox Jewish community are involved.
According to CDC, 15 states have confirmed at least one case of measles in 2019, a total of 314 cases. In 2014, 667 cases were confirmed nationwide, and in 2018 there were 372 cases.