The children range in age from six months to 14 years old. But unvaccinated children and adults pose very real dangers to infants too young to be vaccinated, to people with compromised immune systems (such as those undergoing cancer treatment), and to pregnant women whose unborn babies can be infected.
"The Westchester County Department of Health is working with the families and health care providers to identify the locations where the children may have exposed others", Latimer said.
"It's shocking that these things that I didn't worry about with my kids because they could be vaccinated - all of a sudden parents have to worry about their children getting life-threatening diseases", Siepser said.
Numerous parents hosting these parties have received misinformation about the safety of vaccinations, others claim that extreme religious beliefs drive their decision to not vaccinate their children. "We can't just be concerned about my religious beliefs, your religious beliefs", she said, as she walked out of a kosher supermarket in Monsey, the epicenter of the county's Orthodox community.
With talks of major advancements in medicine like an HIV cure and genetic editing, no one imagined that America would be infiltrated by a disease we conquered almost 20 years ago. "We are consistently putting the message out on social media and in press releases and on our website", state health commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. "We are not at that point today".
Colleges in the D.C. area said they have had no instances of measles infections, but the University of Maryland sent out a campuswide notice Wednesday reminding students and employees that "Measles vaccine is required for students at UMD".
The city has ceaselessly worked over the past year to raise awareness about Measles vaccinations.
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Under the mandatory vaccinations, members of the City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients.
"When in doubt, my advice to the public is: Get a vaccine", Amler said. "And it's better to be safe than sorry". Without knowing they are sick, an infected person can spread measles to others up to four days before the rash appears, and for up to four days afterward.
Measles symptoms start with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. "And they may spread measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions". Her son's mother-in-law has measles, she said, and is now in the hospital.
"It lasts in the air for hours after that person leaves the room", Amler said.
Since October, each case has been systematically investigated to determine how many people have been exposed to the ultracontagious virus.
Latimer said it would be under Amler's authority to declare any county-wide measures to contain the spread of the virus.
"I think it's a great idea", said Ruppert, the health commissioner. In this way, the anti-vaxx movement has shown itself to pose a danger to public health founded upon discredited science. While the Big Apple's solution might not make sense for New Jersey, Weinstein said it has sparked a robust conversation about "what we can do here to move the ball in the right direction".