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6 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn, 11 cases in Rockland County

October 17, 2018 - 5:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The New York City Department of Health announced on Wednesday that there were six cases of the measles in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. The announcement follows the revelation that several individuals in Rockland County had the measles, as well.

In Rockland, the number of cases jumped from 7 to 11 on Wednesday.

All of the cases involved children between 11 months and 4 years of age, and all are members of the neighborhood's Orthodox Jewish community, officials said.

"The initial case of measles was acquired by a child on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring," the NYC Department of Health said in a statement. 

The statement further explained, "Five of these children were unvaccinated prior to exposure, including four because vaccination was delayed and one who was too young to have received the vaccine. The sixth child had received one dose of the vaccine prior to exposure but was not yet immune."

The New York State Department of Health on Tuesday announced additional measles cases linked to travelers returning from Israel have been confirmed in Rockland County.

Rockland now has eleven confirmed cases of measles from three different groups who traveled to Israel. Of those cases, two are secondary, meaning they originated from exposure occurring in Rockland.

"I commend the Health Department and the City for taking the necessary steps to ensure that this outbreak is contained by informing and educating the community on ways to stop the spread of this and other preventable diseases," said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a member of the Assembly's Health Committee. "The safety of our children is of the utmost importance."