(Bebeto Matthews / AP / Shutterstock) 19659003] Five more ultra-orthodox schools have been quoted by New York City's health and psychiatric institution to allow unvaccinated children to participate in classes, in flagrant violation of a orders introduced in December to prevent the spread of measles.
schools, like the one quoted last month, are all in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which has been the epicenter of measles outbreaks that have so far had 158 New Yorkers, including 1
"The outbreak is not over, and we will continue to see further cases as long as unvaccinated students are not properly excluded from going to school," said Health Commissioner Dr Oxiris Barbot in a statement.
Investigators of the ward based their findings through comparing immunization data with school presentations, one of the schools has been fined, but may face monetary damages if they are still in violation of city regulations during future audits, according to the Health Department.
New York state law normally requires all students to be vaccinated for measles, as well as a number of other diseases, to participate in public or private school, but they allow exemptions for a valid religious or medical reason.
However, in December, the Ministry of Health issued an emergency scheme that prohibited ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in zip codes where the virus was present from allowing even exempt bar In their buildings, officials said the order would prevent the spread of measles.
More than 96 percent of the children in 133 yeshivas in the targeted postal codes are vaccinated according to the 2017-2018 state record. (Another 7,000 have been shot since the outbreak began.) But it is lower than in public schools, where the price is 99.3 percent.
Among ultra-orthodox Jews in Brooklyn (also known as Haredi), a threat line and publication against vaccination has been concerned about the assumed dangers of vaccines.
The five schools that the health department has said to the offense are: Bnos Square in Williamsburg, Bnos Chayil (Wythe Avenue), Bnos Chayli (Hughes Street), Tiferes Bnos Children and Simche Kinder.
The person who answered the phone at Tiferes Bnos said that they did not have time to comment and hung up. Administrators at the other four schools have not returned requests for comments.
At three of the five schools, according to health inspectors, not only unvaccinated but infectious children went to the class, but it is not yet clear whether they triggered further cases. The incubation period for measles is up to 21 days, so more children may have been infected and have not shown symptoms yet, officials said.
A number of Jewish leaders say they support the ward to keep the non-vaccinated students out of yeshivas.
"Anyone who does not follow this policy violates the basic Jewish principal to protect his health and protect someone else's health," said Rabbi Simcha Scholar. "They are not entitled to jeopardize other children."
Scholar is CEO Chai Lifeline, a group working with children with cancer in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community, who are particularly vulnerable to measles and difficult complications that came with it.
Last month, the health department announced another school, Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov Pupa, had not violated their orders. Now, officials have linked an additional 42 measles cases to that school, of which 28 have taken it there, plus another 14 who caught the virus used.
Since the measles outbreak began in October in October, 11 people have become hospitals and a child needs intensive care. No one has died.
Gwynne Hogan is an associate producer at WNYC. You can follow her on Twitter at @GwynneFitz .