Thursday, 18 July, 2019


NY county with Orthodox enclaves declares emergency over measles outbreak

Rockland County Executive Ed Day Peter Carr The Journal News via AP Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Patty Aguilar | 29 March, 2019, 00:47

A state of emergency was declared in the county, following what officials say is the worst measles outbreak there in decades. What's more, Day noted at the press briefing, some residents have refused to cooperate with investigators trying to visit the homes of infected individuals.

Rockland County, New York is now in the midst of a measles outbreak the county calls "larger in size and duration than any outbreak of that disease in this County in many years", endangering infants and people with compromised immune systems. The source of the outbreak is said to be unvaccinated travelers who came through the ny area in October 2018.

The emergency order, which took effect at midnight, says that children who have not been vaccinated must stay away from schools, shopping centers, restaurants, houses of worship, and all other indoor public places.

Skriloff said that the authorities had been making "steady progress" in encouraging religious communities to immunise children but communication had broken down in the last month.

Humbach said police won't be stopping people and asking for vaccination records. With 153 confirmed cases, the measles outbreak has been ongoing for 26 weeks.

"We believe this to be the first such effort of this kind nationally and the circumstances we face here clearly call for that", Rockland County Executive Ed Day at a news conference Tuesday. However, he said, parents and guardians who are found to be in violation will be held accountable and their cases will be referred to the district attorney's office.

"We will not sit idly by while children in our community are at risk", County Executive Ed Day said in a statement.

In 2018, 17 outbreaks and 349 cases were reported in 27 jurisdictions of the United States.

"This type of response is unacceptable and irresponsible".

In Rockland County, about 40 miles from Manhattan, there have been more than 150 confirmed cases, according to county health officials. "It endangers the health and wellbeing of others and displays a shocking lack of responsibility and concern for others in our community". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. His 15-month old daughter is vaccinated, but he anxious for babies too young to get the vaccine. Wendy E. Parmet, a professor of health policy and law at Northeastern University, wondered in an interview with Gold and Pager of the Times. Numerous cases have been reported from Washington with the longest running illnesses taking place in NY.

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