Worldwide measles cases have almost tripled so far in 2019, says WHO

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference in Brooklyn N.Y

The number has risen by almost 200 in just two weeks as many Americans refuse to get their children vaccinated for religious or anti-government reasons.

Barbot did not exceed her authority by issuing the city declaration mandating vaccines, which came after attempts to educate the community and exclude unvaccinated kids from Kings County yeshiva's failed to stop the spread of the disease, according to a spokesman for the city's Law Department.

Those who haven't received the MMR vaccine or can't provide evidence of immunity could end up slapped with a $1,399 fine if they refuse to get the shot.

It also prevents measles, which the CDC estimated in 2014 would have caused an additional 21 million hospital visits and 732,000 deaths among children born in the past 20 years were it not for the success of the Vaccines for Children program launched in 1994.

"As a pediatrician, I know the MMR vaccine is safe and effective".

In the United States, where there is a vocal fringe of parents who oppose measles vaccines, the number of confirmed cases of measles jumped by almost 20 percent during early April, World Health Organization said.

Meanwhile, a group of doctors "who faithfully serve the Orthodox communities of North America", according to their website ( ) has already enlisted over 500 doctors to sign an online petition urging community members "to receive all recommended VACCINATIONS".

While WHO has identified the junk science behind anti-vax propaganda as a public health threat, the data highlighted that measles still hits hardest in unstable countries with weak health systems.

Many of this year's cases occurred as part of ongoing measles outbreaks in several USA cities, and most infected people were unvaccinated, according to the CDC.

The organisation noted that actual cases always surpass reported cases, meaning the early trends for 2019 likely underestimate the severity of the outbreaks.

In Australia, we've had 92 cases confirmed in 2019 - again, close to the number of cases for the whole of a year ago.

On Tuesday, Rockland County officials announced they want to ban people infected with measles from public places for up to 21 days.

A public health emergency was declared in four areas of Brooklyn last week to deal with the measles outbreak, the worst the city has seen since 1991. The county is facing an ongoing measles outbreak, which has sickened 186, mostly children. A state judge later blocked the order.

"Measles is not a trivial disease " In January, WHO named the anti-vaccination movement among the top 10 global health threats for 2019. The other order cracks down on students who don't have their immunization or exemptions properly documented.

"Rather than using available legal mechanisms such as isolation or quarantine. respondents have imposed not only severe criminal and civil penalties for not vaccinating but have stated that persons not vaccinated 'shall be vaccinated against measles, ' thus introducing the specter of unjustifiable forced vaccination to Williamsburg and the City of New York", the suit claimed, per The New York Post. It's the city's largest measles outbreak since 1991.

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