New York Declares 'State of Emergency' Unvaccinated Ban From

Henrietta Strickland
March 28, 2019

New York Times reports that there have been 153 confirmed cases of measles in the county since October 2018.

Mr. Day said the emergency order was timed with the upcoming religious holidays of Easter and Passover in mind.

Minors who are unable to receive the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine for documented and confirmed medical reasons are exempt from the ban.

State of emergency " We must not allow this outbreak to continue indefinitely", said County Executive Ed Day in a statement announcing the emergency declaration.

"They've been told, 'We're not discussing this, do not come back, '" he said.

Humbach said police won't be stopping people and asking for vaccination records.

The county is experiencing NY state's longest measles outbreak since the disease was declared officially eliminated from the 2000.

Public places include synagogues, churches, schools, restaurants, stores and public buses.

"We're doing it in such a way to just get attention at this point so that people understand the seriousness of what they are doing-and not doing", he explained.

"The goal is not to prosecute people".

"They have been supportive of what we've been trying to do", Day said. Early on in the outbreak, county residents were more receptive to getting vaccinated.

But Lyon said residents are becoming tired, are not returning calls from the health department and are declining to speak with health investigators who visit in person.

Children are most at risk from measles, according to the CDC.

According to News 12 Westchester, the outbreak in Rockland County is the largest in the USA since measles was previously eradicated in the year 2000. The county has been working with rabbis in the area where most of the cases are occurring. "There's a lot that can go wrong with any case".

Officials in one NY county have declared a health emergency to deal with an ongoing measles outbreak.

Under the emergency declaration, the only option Rockland County officials have is to charge an individual with a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a $500 fine and a possible sentence of up to six months in jail.

The worst affected neighborhoods are those with a high ultra-Orthodox Jewish population, where many oppose vaccines on religious grounds.

While an outbreak is defined as at least three cases of measles, at least one case has been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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