Brook­lyn yeshivas con­tinue to defy mayor’s or­ders on measles vac­ci­na­tions: 44 new cases di­ag­nosed

The Buffalo News - - OBITUARIES - By Janon Fisher

The New York De­part­ment of Health shut down an Ortho­dox Jewish day care cen­ter in Brook­lyn Mon­day for re­fus­ing to hand over im­mu­niza­tion and at­ten­dance records in vi­o­la­tion of the city’s emergency or­der man­dat­ing proof of vac­ci­na­tion.

Health of­fi­cials slammed 23 other yeshivas and day care cen­ters with ci­ta­tions for vi­o­lat­ing the or­der to keep kids with­out shots way from other stu­dents as 44 new measles cases were iden­ti­fied by the DOH.

“This out­break will con­tinue to worsen, and the case count will grow if child care pro­grams and schools do not fol­low our di­rec­tion,” Dr. Oxiris Bar­bot, city health com­mis­sioner, said.

“It’s cru­cial in this out­break that child care pro­grams and schools main­tain up to date and ac­cu­rate im­mu­niza­tion and at­ten­dance records. 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.”

The United Tal­mu­di­cal Academy on 75 Ross Street in Wil­liams­burg, where two cases were iden­ti­fied, was shut­tered for re­peat­edly re­fus­ing to let health of­fi­cials in­spect their records. There are about 200 stu­dents at the school.

“This in di­rect vi­o­la­tion of the or­der,” Bar­bot said. The city said it will make sure the school stays closed un­til the records be­come avail­able. “They have been un­able or un­will­ing to pro­vide records.”

There have been 329 cases di­ag­nosed since the epi­demic be­gan in Oc­to­ber -- 284 of those cases were chil­dren un­der 18 years old.

Bar­bot said 90% of non-im­mune peo­ple who come in con­tact with the dis­ease be­come in­fected.

“This anti-vaxx move­ment has proven very dan­ger­ous,” Dr. Her­minia Pala­cio, the deputy mayor for health and hu­man ser­vices.

“Measles can be very se­ri­ous, it can be deadly. Thank good­ness it has not been deadly yet.”

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol re­ported Mon­day that the num­ber of measles case spiked nearly 200 cases.

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