Measles outbreak: NYC threatens $1,000 fines for unvaccinated Williamsburg residents

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Michigan's measles outbreak dates back to March 13, when the health department reported that the first case came from someone "visiting from Israel following a stay in NY".

The Associated Press reports that this is the largest measles outbreak in the city since 1991, and that NYC accounts for two-thirds of all cases reported in the US last week.

"People are spreading different viewpoints, but some of them are clearly false and not backed up by science", said de Blasio.

Some Orthodox Jews have resisted vaccines.

Among her daily battles: having to constantly repeat that the vaccine does not cause other diseases, that it does not lead to autism, and that the practice of using fetal tissue to produce the vaccine ended decades ago.

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"I've seen some mailings", Schlesinger said. "What he decides", Braver added.

New York's mandate comes as health officials have scrambled to blunt the spread of measles.

"The overwhelming problem is Williamsburg", De Blasio said.

Mistrust over the safety and alleged side effects of vaccines has played a significant role in outbreaks among wealthier nations around the world, where parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children, often citing popular but debunked misinformation - as opposed to forgoing immunization for lack of access to the vaccine, which is what tends to promote the spread of the disease in poorer countries. A judge halted that ban last week.

"If this is not an emergency, what is?" asked Day, a Republican.

The leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community support people getting vaccinated, but uptake of the MMR vaccine has been low in the community itself, with resistance being "fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods". It says the vaccine is 97 percent effective.

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All unvaccinated adults and children who live or work in Williamsburg are ordered to receive an MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine within 48 hours, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot announced during a news conference Tuesday. He was flanked by medical staff, sitting behind a sign with the slogan "Don't Wait to Vaccinate".

Two people in New Haven County were diagnosed - but Bolduc said he can't give more information about them other than to say "they're doing fine". "But we don't control the parents, and we don't intend to control the parents". "But if people just go and get vaccinated, there is no need for a fine".

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld such an order in a 1905 case involving smallpox vaccinations in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Those who don't comply could face a $1,000 fine.

But some experts also point to an "anti-vax" viewpoint that has gained some traction in recent years, helped by social media.

Everyone must be there now to vaccinate, said NY city mayor Bill de Blasio.

But some in this insular ultra-Orthodox community expressed anger and suspicion, suggesting the city was conspiring with nefarious doctors. New Yorkers should make sure they have been vaccinated with MMR vaccine before traveling to Europe or Israel.

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"There is a very strong anti-vaccination propaganda movement in these communities, and they're very effective", said Blima Marcus, a nurse practitioner who lives in Brooklyn.

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