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New York City mayor declares measles public health emergency

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 10 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1724

BMJ Opinion

Measles in America—what’s playing out in New York State is nightmarish

  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, has declared a public health emergency because of “a huge spike” in cases of measles in the city, particularly in Orthodox Jewish areas of Brooklyn. Only two cases occurred in the city in 2017, but since last October it has had 285 cases, and neighboring Rockland County has had 168.

“We have a very serious situation on our hands, and we must not allow this dangerous disease to make a comeback in New York City. We have to stop it now,” the mayor told a press conference. “Today we are declaring a public health emergency effective immediately to mandate vaccines for people …

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