New York City tickets 12 people for defying measles vaccination order

Grant Boone
April 27, 2019

New York City health officials on Wednesday reported 61 new cases since late last week.

Since 2000, the annual number of reported measles cases has ranged from 37 people in 2004 to 667 in 2014. It makes it the worst year for measles since 1994. Officials said anyone who suspects they were exposed should contact their health care provider before going to the office, follow instructions for reporting it, and also isolate themselves if they have any signs or symptoms of measles.

A person from NY who was unknowingly contagious with the measles then visited Southeast Michigan, spreading the illness to at least 38 people there, according to Lynn Sutfin, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Most of those cases have been in unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

A significant factor contributing to the outbreaks in NY is misinformation in the communities about the safety of the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, as some organizations are deliberately targeting these communities with inaccurate and misleading information about vaccines, according to the CDC. That includes just one adult case in Colorado. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the appearance of a rash.

"Since then, there have been additional people from Brooklyn and Queens who were unvaccinated and acquired measles while in Israel".

The ongoing measles epidemic is now the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, according to a report from CNN.

In the 1950s, researchers isolated the measles virus in a patient's blood, and in the 1960s, they were able to transform that virus into a vaccine.

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According to the website of the New York State Department of Health, there were 232 confirmed cases of the illness in the state as of April 24 outside of New York City; 200 cases were reported in Rockland County, 20 in Orange County, 10 in Westchester County and two in Sullivan Country.

Worldwide, measles cases rose 300 percent through the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period past year, according to the United Nations.

In some communities, anti-immunization activists have spread false claims about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, causing concern among parents about innoculating their children.

People born before January 1, 1969 are considered to be immune because measles used to be very common, and so this age group does not need the measles immunisations.

Recently, on April 18, 2019, the NYC Health Department announced it is issuing 3 civil summonses, subject to fines, to people who failed to comply with the Health Commissioner's Emergency Order mandating measles vaccination in certain zip codes in NYC.

Resurgence of the once-eradicated, highly-contagious disease is linked to the growing anti-vaccine movement in richer nations, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as a major global health threat.

"If for any reason you have never had a dose of MMR vaccine now is the time to get one". Two doses are about 97% effective.

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