The NYC Health Department tells YWN that the number of confirmed cases of measles continues to spike.
YWN spoke with Dr. Jane R. Zucker, the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Immunization at the NYC Department of Health on Thursday night, and she says that there are now 34 confirmed cases. All of the cases are in Brooklyn – 13 of them are in Williamsburg, 20 are in Boro Park and 1 in Bensonhurst.
Health Department officials are concerned that there is an increase in (disease) transmission in the Boro Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.
“Most of our patients are really very young”, Zucker said.
“Besides for two cases being adults, the rest are all children under the age of five”.
“The vast majority of these cases were unvaccinated, and many of these children could have been vaccinated and this outbreak could have been prevented”.
Dr. Zucker told YWN that they suspect there are many additional cases that have not been properly reported.
Meanwhile, Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert told YWN that s of November 28, there are 83 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county.
The measles outbreak in Rockland is not limited to one community however it is affecting residents of Spring Valley, New Square, and Monsey. Due to Rockland County’s small geographic size, exposure to the measles may occur ANYWHERE in Rockland. People may shop, dine, and run errands around the county before they realize they are ill, but are contagious.
In addition, anyone who visited the following locations in Spring Valley and West Nyack may have been exposed to measles:
Compare Supermarket on 11/22/2018 between 7 pm – 9:30 pm
210 N. Main Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977
Jalapa Express on 11/24/2018 between 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm
10 S. Main Street, Spring Valley, NY
Best Buy in Palisades Mall (entered and exited through outside entrance and did NOT enter the Mall itself) on 11/24/2018 between 7 pm – 9:30 pm
1240 Palisades Center Drive, W. Nyack, NY 10994
In Lakewood, the Ocean County Health Department tell YWN that:
• There are now 18 confirmed measles cases.
• There are also 6 potential cases under investigation.
• The measles outbreak is presently defined by a rash onset date of October 17, 2018 through November 24, 2018.
• Vaccination is encouraged and those children involved with exposure to a confirmed case may be subject to an order of exclusion, if unvaccinated.
• The Ocean County Health Department continues to support and highly encourage the exclusion of non-vaccinated children from schools, preschools and daycares in the outbreak area. These entities have the authority to make that decision when an outbreak has been declared by the New Jersey Department of Health. The age range so far for the current outbreak is 6 months to 59 years old.
In the City of Passaic, there are three confirmed cases in one household.
The household in Passaic County has a direct epidemiological link to the outbreak in Ocean County (Lakewood), where 18 cases have been confirmed.
Individuals infected with the virus range in age from 6 months to 59 years, according to the NJ State Department of Health.
On Wednesday the girls division of the Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic was closed after a “member” of the school’s community was diagnosed with the measles, said state health officials. The “member” is one of the three confirmed cases in the city, said officials.
On Tuesday morning, YWN published an extensive Psak Halacha written by one of the leading Poskim in the world, Hagaon HaRav Moshe Shternbuch to the Rosh Yeshiva of BMG, HaRav Malkiel Kotler. In the letter translated for YWN, Rav Shternbuch explains why it is a Halachic obligation to vaccinate.
Additionally, the issue of vaccinations was brought up at the Agudah Convention at a panel with HaRav Elya Brudny and Harav Yosef Elefant. The video below is from that session.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)