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Brooklyn measles tally increases as health officials stress vaccination

November 02, 2018 - 2:39 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Measles cases are on the rise in Brooklyn.

The city health department said 11 new cases have been diagnosed, bringing the total in the current outbreak to 17. The children affected range in age from 7 month to 4 years, and live in Williamsburg and Borough Park.

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The health department said one child apparently returned from Israel with highly contagious disease. It spread to other kids who either weren't vaccinated at all or whose vaccinations had not been completed.

"Although measles is preventable, too many families are choosing to not vaccinate or delay vaccination, putting their children and other children at risk," said Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

Rockland County has also been coping with a measles outbreak which prompted health officials there to ask families with unvaccinated children to keep them out of school.

A fourth case has also been announced in New Jersey. Officials say people may have exposed each other at sites in Lakewood over the last week of October.

Officials say vaccinations for the whole family are a must before overseas travel. There's a large outbreak of measles affecting Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, with other large outbreaks occurring in Europe where 37 deaths were reported.