NEW YORK CITY – The number of confirmed measles cases in New York City has increased to 329 since October and, according to the city's health department, the outbreak is expected to worsen over the next 3 to 5 weeks.  "We expect these numbers to continue, given the incubation period," says Oxiris Barbot, health news director on Monday. Brass symptoms may take up to 21 days to occur after a person is exposed to the virus.
"We are very concerned about Easter and [spring] the break, this is a time students and families are congregating" Mayor of Health and Human Services said Herminia Palacio. "This is a highly contagious disease. 90 percent of people who are unvaccinated or non-immune and come in contact with someone with measles will be infected." [1
The Messelian outbreak has spread mainly in the Orthodox Jewish community, where vaccination rates are lower, through all four postal codes covering larger Williamsburg.
The New York Health Department also announced on Monday that it closed down the child hospital for the United Talmudical Academy for 3-5-year-olds in Williamsburg to refuse to – or be unable to – reveal vaccination and attendance records for students going to the city center, one violation of the Health Commissioner's urgent orders issued last week.
"The school may resume convincing us that they can consistently keep students in school who should be in school and keep students out of school who should not be in school," said Barbot.
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Last week, the commissioner ordered all yeshivas, Jewish religious schools and orphanages in the outbreak zone to exclude unvaccinated children from coming to school. Another 22 other yeshivas, Jewish religious schools and orphanages have been subjected to violations and are facing the closure if they do not follow.
Barbot also confirmed Monday that the city issued fines to people or schools who did not choose to follow the mandatory vaccination order. The city said that the individuals infected with measles and chose not to be vaccinated because the mandatory order would be fined $ 1,000.
When pressed on how many fines were issued, Barbot said she didn't know at that time. 19659003] Of the 329 confirmed New York measles cases, 284 are children and 45 are adults. There have been 25 hospital stays and of the six people who have been admitted to intensive care, two left and were in a stable condition.
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New York Healthcare Professionals said they were working with Orthodox Jewish leaders to fight anti-vaccination campaigns. Dr. Barbot said they have issued robokals in as many as 30,000 households and postings describing every way that vaccines are safe.
"Vaccine is the way to stop this outbreak," Palacio said. "This anti-wax movement has proven to be very dangerous. These outbreaks should not happen. We should not have active measles in the United States. Period.