NEW YORK CITY – The number of confirmed measles cases in New York City has increased to 329 since October, and according to the city’s health department, the outbreak is expected to worsen over the next 3 to 5 weeks.
There have been 44 new New York measles cases since last week, when the health commissioner issued a rare emergency order mandating vaccines for everyone living in the outbreak areas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The measles outbreak has spread primarily in the Orthodox Jewish community, where vaccination rates are lower, throughout four zip codes encompassing greater Williamsburg.
The New York Health Department also announced Monday it shut down the United Talmudical Academy child care center for 3-5-year-olds in Williamsburg for refusing to -- or being unable to -- disclose vaccination and attendance records for students attending its center, a violation of the health commissioner’s emergency order issued last week.
HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN AGAINST 'MEASLES PARTIES' AMID OUTBREAK Last week, the commissioner ordered all yeshivas, Jewish religious schools and child-care centers in the outbreak zone to exclude any unvaccinated children from coming to school.