Measles Outbreak: New York Declares Health Emergency, Requires Vaccinations in Parts of Brooklyn – The New York Times

By Tyler Pager

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New York City on Tuesday declared a public health emergencyfollowing a measles outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.
 
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[In Rockland County, an outbreak spread fear in an Ultra-Orthodox community.]

Dr. Paul Offit, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said there was precedent for Mr. de Blasio’s actions, pointing to a massive measles outbreak in Philadelphia in 1991. During that outbreakofficials in that city went even further, getting a court order to force parents to vaccinate their children.

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