New York declares health emergency due to a measles outbreak in Brooklyn.— Complex (@Complex) April 9, 2019
The city will require mandatory vaccinations for anyone who has not received it already, people who ignore the order could be fined $1,000: https://t.co/VHf9WIOaLV pic.twitter.com/OhPY13Sfpd
Mayor of New York City, bill de Blasio, has declared a public health emergency on Tuesday after it was reported that a measles outbreak has swept through various predominately Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn "at an alarming rate."
More than 285 people in Brooklyn and Queens have been infected with the virus since September. Prompting the city to fine with up to $1000 to anyone that does not comply with compulsory vaccinations.
The city's order will required to turn away unvaccinated students in the affected areas. The schools will receive fines and possible closures should they not abide by the city's mandate.
Last year, one yeshiva reportedly refused to abide by a similar decree issued by the Department of Health, and was linked to more than 40 cases