Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

On Passover Eve Rockland County Bars the Unvaccinated from Synagogues

On Passover Eve Rockland County Bars the Unvaccinated from Synagogues

There have been no reports of any deaths from the disease in the United States this year or last. In all likelihood, 2019 will surpass 2014's total-and quickly-given the rate at which cases are being reported and the fact that there are six separate outbreaks still ongoing in the country.

But the worst affected countries included Ukraine, Madagascar and India, where there were tens of thousands of cases per million people. World Health Organization warned that there are delays in reporting and that this data may be incomplete.

Ninety percent of unvaccinated or nonimmune people who come into contact with someone with measles will become infected, Palacio noted. Children can be left deaf, blind or with mental retardation - if they recover.

Additionally, 1 or 2 out of 1,000 children who get measles will die from it. Case in point, a portion of NY, where more than 50% of the 555 cases of measles are being reported. There are no reported fatalities but the measles count continues to grow.

New York City has had the most cases. In 2000, the disease was declared eliminated in the United States. One in 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, which can be fatal.

But the so-called anti-vax movement - driven by fraudulent claims linking the MMR vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, and a risk of autism in children - has gained traction.

Global coverage for the second dose is only 67 per cent.

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In the court documents, the families argue there was "insufficient evidence of a measles epidemic or risky outbreak to justify the respondents' extraordinary measures, including forced vaccination". "But we'll see. Measles is really infectious".

"That suggests to me that what happens in other places won't happen in Maryland", he said. "We'd previously eliminated this disease not just in the USA but in the entire Western Hemisphere, and it appears that now we've profoundly and sadly turned back the clock".

However, Arizona, California, Kentucky, New York, Oregon and Washington are just some of the states that have reported cases this year. As the Post reported, the largest epidemic occurred in 2014 when "the United States reported a record 667 cases, including one large outbreak primarily among unvaccinated Amish communities in OH that accounted for more than half of the cases". Rabbinical leaders in the city have said vaccines are consistent with Jewish law.

"There is insufficient evidence of a measles epidemic or unsafe outbreak to justify the respondents' extraordinary measures, including forced vaccination", said the lawsuit, identifying the parents only by their initials.

Most of the NY cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. "It's the only way we can make sure schools are properly keeping unvaccinated students and staff out of child care centers to hasten the end of this outbreak".

"People who did not travel were also infected in Brooklyn and Rockland County", the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website says.

Messonier said it's a matter of "correcting myths" about vaccination. "The main concern is for children who are not vaccinated and also for young adults who work with small children who have lost their immunity from the MMR vaccine".

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