Rockland County, New York just declared a state of emergency after more than 151 people have been diagnosed with measles. (Remember, most people think of an “outbreak” as lots and lots of sick people but medically speaking, it’s just two people.)
Officials announced that beginning on Wednesday at 12 a.m., “anyone under 18 who has not yet been vaccinated will be barred from public places until they receive the MMR vaccine or until the emergency declaration expires in 30 days.”1
It is not currently clear how this ban will be enforced.
But they have announced publicly that this “crime” will be a punishable offense and one could be receive big fines or serve up to six months in jail. (wow).
“Measles outbreaks in the state of New York began in October and have gone on longer and infected more people than any other current outbreak in the country, according to Kaiser Health News. Through the first week of March, 275 cases had been confirmed statewide, but that number has likely risen since.
Much of the measles cases in New York have been concentrated among children of Orthodox Jewish families, many of whom attend religious schools where the vaccination rates are below 95 percent, which is the threshold considered necessary to maintain immunity, according to Kaiser Health News.”1
We will update you as more information becomes available. And if you are in Rockland County, please share whatever information you have with us.