Five more yeshivas in Brooklyn ignored a health department order and allowed students who were vaccinated for measles to attend classes, concerned city officials said Thursday. [Department] ordered the religious schools to immediately comply with vaccination protocols or face fines.
There have been 158 measles cases reported since an outbreak in October, mostly in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.
Three of the newly named yeshivas allowed students with measles to attend while they were still contagious, officials said.
They said a single school, Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov Pupa in Williamsburg, who had been cited in January for ignoring the city's directive, accounted for 28 student cases and 1
In December, the Health Department ordered that kids who had not gotten proper measles vaccines from barred from attending yeshivas in certain heavily orthodox Jewish ZIP codes in Brooklyn.
“As the city s doctor, and a pediatrician, I am very Concerned That children without the measles vaccine are at risk for serious Unnecessary, and Potentially fatal, symptoms related to measles, "Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in a statement.
“The outbreak is not over, and we will continue to see additional cases as long as unvaccinated students are not properly excluded from attending school.”
Barbot's office warned that measles can result in brain swelling, pneumonia and even death
Eleven of the infected children had to be hospitalized. One child was treated in an intensive-care unit, officials said.
"We are very concerned about this," Mayor de Blasio said at an unrelated press conference.
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A staffer at a Brooklyn yeshiva customs The post this week that parents are demanding that their kids be allowed to attend classes despite their lacking vaccinations.
“It was a lot of work on our part to speak with all these people,” the staffer said. They all wanted their kids to go to school. ”
Some ultra-Orthodox Jews decline vaccinations on religious grounds or have been swayed by anti-vaccine propaganda, which city officials are trying to counter. that 7,000 have been vaccinated since December.
More information is available on the Health Department's website.