During a press conference on Tuesday, de Blasio stressed that urgent steps need to be taken now, before the Passover vacation, since many people will be traveling and congregating during the Passover vacation, which could substantially heighten the risk of the outbreaks getting much, much worse.
We urge everyone who can get vaccinated to get vaccinated. As Passover is coming up, it’s important that all New Yorkers get vaccinated, especially if they plan to travel overseas to Europe or Israel, or to areas in the U.S. that are experiencing large outbreaks.— Commissioner Oxiris Barbot (@NYCHealthCommr) April 9, 2019
"This a disease that can spread in just a few hours," de Blasio said. "It can be fatal."The measles vaccination will be given to all who need it at NYC immunization clinics, even to people who couldn't usually afford it.
Join me for an update on how we're confronting the measles outbreak in Williamsburg. https://t.co/otgNpRYtlp— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 9, 2019
285 people have been infected since the outbreak began in the Orthodox Jewish community in NYC since last October. Jewish community leaders have been working with the NYC municipality to try and curb the outbreak, but New York yeshivas have violated Department of Health orders to keep out infected students multiple times since the outbreak began.
New Yorkers can get vaccinated at @nycHealthy's immunization clinics: https://t.co/zfIUDgR4Sg or call @nyc311 to find a location to get vaccinated. Read the Commissioner's Order: https://t.co/rcG4wksbkm pic.twitter.com/qja0CiyAhu— Commissioner Oxiris Barbot (@NYCHealthCommr) April 9, 2019
Most of the cases of the measles outbreak were reported in Borough Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Large measles outbreaks have been reported worldwide, including a large outbreak in Israel.There have been reports of "measles parties," in which children are brought near an infected person so that they get infected. NYC Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio stressed during the press conference that this is an exceedingly dangerous practice and should be avoided. Officials at the press conference also stressed that the vaccine is 97% effective and has been proven to be safe.An El Al flight attendant was hospitalized in serious condition last week after she contracted measles on a flight from John F. Kennedy airport in New York to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, according to the Times of Israel.No deaths have been reported during the outbreak in NYC, but some patients have ended up in intensive care with severe complications.
We’ve worked closely with the community, religious leaders, and schools to make sure vulnerable people are kept safe during this outbreak and to challenge the dangerous misinformation being spread by a group of anti-vaxxers.— Commissioner Oxiris Barbot (@NYCHealthCommr) April 9, 2019