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