Passengers onboard a JetBlue flight from the Dominican Republic to JFK were detained upon arrival due to reports of a possible measles scare involving a Jewish Orthodox boy.

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Crew members noticed bites on the boy and “unfairly profiled” them as measles. Port Authority personnel temporarily quarantined everyone on board while they performed a check of all passengers. After identifying the spots on the young boy as mosquito bites, the travelers were cleared and departed the plane as usual.

This comes just weeks after Rockland County, NY took a bold attempt to contain the local measles outbreak by banning unvaccinated children in that area from public places.

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“As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported 704 cases of measles in the United States since the beginning 2019, marking the largest number of cases reported in the country in a single year since 1994. New York has been responsible for more than half of the 700-plus cases.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, and symptoms include rash, high fever, cough and red, watery eyes. According to the CDC, the current outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from countries like Israel, the Ukraine and the Philippines. All of those nations have large current outbreaks.”1

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     1. NBC