New York City declares health emergency amid measles outbreak in Brooklyn

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Officials also noted that Passover is approaching, meaning increased travel among people who could carry measles to or from NY.

Officials say 285 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City since the beginning of the outbreak in October. "They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science", Barbot said.

There are no strictures against vaccines in the Jewish religion and the overwhelming majority of American Jews are vaccinated. City health officials said Monday that yeshivas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that do not comply will face fines and possible closure.

"It's a war zone", said the doctor who said he had seen over a hundred patients who hadn't been vaccinated but asked for anonymity for fear of jeopardizing his practices. "What he decides", Braver added. Officials in New York City were no different in their blame.

Executive director Donna Lieberman called it "an extreme measure" that "raises civil liberties concerns about forced medical treatment".

"It is now much more a Williamsburg problem than a Borough Park problem", said the mayor.

Health officials also expressed alarm at reports of parents in the city holding so-called "measles parties" where they intentionally expose their unvaccinated children to an infected child in the mistaken belief doing so is a safe means to create immunity.

Non-vaccinated minors in the county were banned from public places in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease, and hundreds of people have now been vaccinated, according to authorities.

The leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community support people getting vaccinated, but uptake of the MMR vaccine has been low in the community itself, with resistance being "fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods".

Barbot said 500 people would die each year in the '60s before there was a vaccine.

People who resist could be fined $1,000.

Late strides by the city to endeavor to stem the quickly developing flare-up have been fruitless in spite of endeavors taken by the Health Department to stop it, including orders barring unvaccinated kids from going to preschools and day care programs "because a high rate of people living within Williamsburg have not been vaccinated against measles". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "strongly recommends against hosting or participating in these events".

"It's very disturbing that we are being fined for something that we have a ideal right to do, and not vaccinate our children", she said.

As The Washington Post's Frances Stead Sellers reported, government pushes for inoculations and the barring of unvaccinated children from public spaces have prompted a backlash among anti-vaccination activists, whose misinformation campaigns have led to declines in immunizations against one of the world's most contagious diseases.

People who resist could be fined $1,000.

But some experts also point to an "anti-vax" viewpoint that has gained some traction in recent years, helped by social media.

New York's mayor has declared a public health emergency following a measles outbreak.

But some in this insular ultra-Orthodox community expressed anger and suspicion, suggesting the city was conspiring with nefarious doctors.

The vaccinations that will be administered will be a combination of different vaccines for diseases such as mumps, rubella, and of course measles. Measles is easily preventable with the safe and effective MMR vaccine.

A query was sent to two email addresses listed as contacts in the booklet.

From January 1 to February 23, 2019, there had been 12,700 measles cases reported in the country with 203 deaths.

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