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Measles hysteria: New York City declares public health emergency over recent outbreaks

Measles hysteria: New York City declares public health emergency over recent outbreaks

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency in a heavily Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn amid a growing measles outbreak. As part of the declaration, people living in select zip codes of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood who have not been vaccinated against measles and may have been exposed to the highly-contagious virus will now be required to get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Comment: Enforced by whom? The same people who are preventing kids in this community from going to shopping malls? “There’s no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving,” de Blasio said in a statement. “I urge everyone, especially those in affected areas, to get their MMR vaccines to protect their children, families and communities.” A total of 285 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City’s Orthodox Jewish community since the outbreak began last October. The vast majority of cases involved children under 18 who were not…
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