Queens Yeshiva shut down for allowing unvaccinated students

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May 14, 2019 - 10:48 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The city health department has shut down another school for not following orders to exclude unvaccinated students.

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This time it's the Yeshiva of Central Queens in Flushing. That's the 9th school in the city to be closed as a result of the measles outbreak which shows no signs of slowing down.

According to a weekly update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of U.S. measles cases has reached 839 in 23 states -- that's 75 more cases than reported a week ago.

This year is the nation's worst for measles in 25 years and with 7 months still to go in 2019, it's getting closer to topping the over 900 cases reported in 1994.

Of the cases reported last week, 66 were attributed to New York, with 41 in the city and 25 in Rockland Counties -- both areas that are home to the Orthodox Jewish community. Health officials believe the New York outbreak started when an unvaccinated child traveled to Israel. The child then returned with measles and infected others.

Since October, there have been more than 11,000 cases of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella or MMR vaccine administered in Williamsburg and more than 20,000 in Rockland County.

Officials say two doses of the vaccine be 97 percent effective in preventing measles.

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