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USA: Number of Measles Cases in Brooklyn Outbreak Rises to 17

3 Nov, 2018
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Eleven new cases of children with measles have been confirmed in Brooklyn — bringing the total to 17, city health officials announced Friday.

The New York City Health Department reports that the recent cases — which involves children from 7 months to 4 years — are in Williamsburg and Borough Park.

Six children in Brooklyn have been diagnosed with measles after one of them apparently returned from Israel with the highly contagious disease and exposed others to it, city health officials say.

Three infections, including the initial case of measles, were acquired by children on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring.

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WHAT TO KNOW

  • Eleven new cases of children with measles have been confirmed in Brooklyn — bringing the total to 17, city health officials announced Friday

  • The NYC reports that the recent cases — which involves children from 7 months to 4 years — are in Williamsburg and Borough Park

  • Rockland County has also been grappling with a measles outbreak in recent weeks — asking students who are unvaccinated to not attend school

Eleven new cases of children with measles have been confirmed in Brooklyn — bringing the total to 17, city health officials announced Friday.

The New York City Health Department reports that the recent cases — which involves children from 7 months to 4 years — are in Williamsburg and Borough Park.

Six children in Brooklyn have been diagnosed with measles after one of them apparently returned from Israel with the highly contagious disease and exposed others to it, city health officials say.

Three infections, including the initial case of measles, were acquired by children on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring.

 
 
 
 

In Rockland County more than 300 people showed up to get vaccinated for measles at a clinic after a total of 17 cases of the disease were confirmed in Brooklyn and Rockland County. Tracie Strahan reports.

(Published Friday, Oct. 19, 2018)

Further transmission of the disease has taken place in schools with children who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated, officials note.

While there are no deaths associated with this cluster, there have been complications including hospitalization. Complications from the disease put one child in the hospital with pneumonia, and another with an ear infection, health officials say.

To increase awareness about measles, the city’s Health Department is sending notifications to schools, providers and hospitals with large Orthodox Jewish populations.

Health officials are also conducting community outreach in the affected communities, placing ads in local newspapers and distributing posters to health care provider. Since the outbreak, there has been an increase in vaccination rates in the Orthodox Jewish community, health officials say, noting that more children should receive the MMR vaccine to stop measles transmission.

Dozens of other New York state residents in Rockland County have been diagnosed with measles, with some of the afflicted picking it up during travel to Israel, and others being infected after being exposed to a person with measles.

Rockland County has been grappling with a measles outbreak in recent weeks — even asking students who are unvaccinated to not attend school.

This entry was posted on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 10:16 pm and is filed under Latest News.

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