Measles cases rise to five in Bay of Plenty, four more suspected

Henrietta Strickland
April 15, 2019

The city's health commissioner, Dr Oxiris Barbot, said that the majority of religious leaders in Brooklyn's large Orthodox communities support vaccination efforts, but that rates have remained low in some areas because of resistance from some groups that believe the inoculations are unsafe. However, all Michiganders are encouraged to check and update their measles vaccination.

Cases in Rockland and Orange countiesA six-month measles outbreak has Rockland County in a state of emergency, with unvaccinated kids barred first from school and then, in a move that made global headlines, from public places.

In 2018, there were three confirmed cases of measles in CT.

That's up sharply from only two reported cases in all of 2017. CT has very high vaccination rates, so we are at low risk for a widespread measles outbreak.

Health officials are concerned because measles outbreaks can also be a sign that children aren't being vaccinated against other deadly diseases, as well.

There has been one confirmed case in Maryland as of Tuesday.

Everyone potentially exposed at the above sites is already outside of the 72-hour time period for an MMR vaccination to prevent infection in unvaccinated, exposed individuals.

Exposing kids to measles is even more unsafe.

What's more, the more children in the community have it, the higher risk of exposure for kids with weakened immune systems and pregnant women, who need to avoid the virus.

Congressman Andy Levin this week sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting immediate state and local support to address ongoing outbreaks of the measles virus.

The United States declared measles eliminated from the country in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination, meaning it is no longer constantly present.

"If anyone had been infectious this would have spread like wildfire among those who had not been vaccinated". "If people would just go and get vaccinated, there's no cause for a fine", said de Blasio, according to CNN.

This latest case is not part of the current MI outbreak, but a new introduction of the virus.

De Blasio threatened a $1,000 fine for anyone who skipped the measles vaccine in the neighborhood. You should contact your health care provider or the Orange County Health Department for further guidance.

'You get phony, phony articles and studies, so yes, some people will fall for that, ' he said.

This measles outbreak originated in late September with Orthodox Jews returning from Israel and has been nearly exclusively contained within the Orthodox community.

About 100,000 Orthodox Jews live in Brooklyn. "This most recent case does not appear to be linked to the group of cases related to the Mount Maunganui area", says Dr Jim Miller, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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