The remarks mirror recent comments by the World Health Organization who blamed the increase in measle cases on the "failure to vaccinate", which they also noted was being encouraged by misinformation.
In the case of one yeshiva, on Wilson Street between Division and Lee Avenues in Williamsburgh, patient zero was an unimmunized student who carried the disease without showing its symptoms, started to attend the yeshiva in mid-January, 2019, and spread the virus to his fellow students.
The majority of the cases has mainly affected the Orthodox Jewish community in New Square, Spring Valley, and Monsey, health officials said. Since the year 2000, we've had a massive reduction in the cases of measles and deaths from measles.
Amid a significant rise in measles cases across the United States, lawmakers met in a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss what has been called "a growing public health threat". If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles.
There have been 159 measles cases identified nationwide through February 21, the CDC said, and Washington accounted for 69 of those. Both states now allow parents to opt out of the measles immunizations if they have a religious or philosophical objection. It is just as imperative that our parents and yeshivas take all the necessary precautions to keep unvaccinated children away from harm.
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Health officials have insisted that students have a responsibility to get all of their vaccinations, not only for their own safety, but to safeguard others that might have legitimate reasons for why they can not receive vaccinations.
"It says in the Torah "V'nishmartem Meod L'nafshoseichem", that a person must guard their health", said Rabbi David Niederman, President of the UJO of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn. "They are best protected by vaccinating those around them who can be".
"We have seen a few calls with them coming through and that's definitely what we do not want them to do. Even though I was very young when that happened, I still remember. the heart-shaking chills, the muscle pain, and the rash that's [emblematic] of measles". "It is imperative that every member of our community protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated". "Just being in a room where someone recently had measles can transmit the infection".
The unvaccinated person traveled overseas in countries where measles is common and then brought the virus back to the U.S. The person landed in Portland International Airport, jumped on trampolines in Salem and ate at a Red Robin, casting a large net where people might have been exposed to the virus. It's followed by a rash that spreads over the body. "The coughing can last for about 10 days".
To achieve this for measles, the population immune needs to be 93% to 95%.