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USA county declares state of emergency amid measles outbreak

USA county declares state of emergency amid measles outbreak

A state of emergency has been declared in Rockland County, N.Y. after a local outbreak of measles entered its 26th week-the longest since the disease was eradicated in the United States in 2000, according to NY officials.

About 30 people got measles vaccinations at a free county clinic Wednesday.

Measles is a vaccine preventable viral illness that has made a resurgence because of the worldwide anti-vaccination conspiracy theories that have prompted many parents to leave their children unvaccinated.

'It's an attention grab, there's no question about it, ' said county executive Ed Day, adding he believes it is the first time such a drastic step has been taken in the US.

Gary Siepser, CEO of the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County, said the disease's spread was related to the anti-vaccine movement across the country.

"People simply understand now that we are serious about this", added Day, whose district is 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of downtown NY.

The new ban was introduced after the number of measles cases was increasing, officials from Italy said that the vaccination rates have greatly improved after the ban and the fine was brought into law. "However, parents will be held accountable if they're found to be in violation of this emergency declaration".

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Despite major vaccination campaigns since the outbreak began in October, around 27 percent of minors aged one to 18 in the county remained unvaccinated, Day said earlier in the week.

"I feel like I am being bullied right now to go get vaccinations", she told the Journal News. 'It's irrational, ' he said.

"We believe we are on a right path now to get at least a 93 percent immunization rate with the first shot", close to the level considered necessary to end the outbreak.

Rockland County, with a population of more than 300,000, had registered 157 cases as of Friday.

The count rose by three cases since County Executive Edwin Day announced on Tuesday that he had signed an executive order banning unvaccinated children under the age of 18 from going to indoor public places.

Lainie Goldstein of Grandview said her son's middle school principal called her and said the boy can't attend school until he's vaccinated.


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