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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City’s Health Department gave an update on the measles outbreak, including details on one which has now been closed.
There are 329 confirmed measles cases in New York since the beginning of the outbreak last October.
Since then, 23 yeshivas and day care programs have received violations since the city ordered them to turn away unvaccinated students.
The United Talmudical Academy at 75 Ross Street in Williamsburg became the first such faciliy to be shut down because of its daycare center for children ages 3 to 5 years old, currently with about 250 children enrolled.
Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot says at least two people associated with the school have already contracted measles.
“The challenge has been with this particular school that they have been unable unwilling to provide documentation as required,” she said. “We visited number occasions and offered support but in spite of all of that its been to no avail.”
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“Today’s announcement reflects seriousness we’ve been taking this epidemic since October,” said Deputy Mayor Dr. Herminia Palacio. “The Department of Health has escalated control measures as the outbreak has escalated.”
The commissioner says there is a path for this day care center to reopen if it proves to the Health Department over time that it will not allow unvaccinated students to attend.
Of the active measles cases in New York, 44 were added after last week’s emergency order.
Also on Monday, a group of Brooklyn parents sued the city seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent mandatory vaccinations.
The lawsuit claims there is insufficient evidence of a measles outbreak or dangerous epidemic.
Health officials said the total number is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
MEASLES HEALTH EMERGENCY RESOURCES
- NYC.gov Measles Information Page
- Where To Get Immunizations In New York City
- Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR)
- Signs And Symptoms
- CDC Measles Statistics
Health officials say most measles cases have been reported in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn. They say measles was acquired on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak is occurring.