The measles outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn increased by three cases in the past week, bringing the total to 67 confirmed cases since October.
Sixty-five of the 67 cases were reported from the neighborhoods of Borough Park (38) and Williamsburg (27).
The New York City Health Department says the initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel.
Health officials say vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Anyone who has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is highly unlikely to get measles.
A child should get a measles vaccine on or after their first birthday. The vaccine is combined with mumps and rubella vaccines into one vaccine called MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). A second dose of MMR vaccine is recommended before children enter school at 4 to 6 years of age.
If you plan to travel to Israel, protect yourself and your family against measles and get vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at least two weeks in advance of your trip.
Infants ages 6 to 11 months should also receive MMR vaccine before travelling internationally.
If you have traveled to Israel and you have a fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and body rash, contact your doctor. You should call your doctor before going to their office to prevent exposing other people to measles.
- African swine fever outbreak reported on Yongzhou, Hunan farm
- Measles: Washington legislature holds public hearing for vaccine bill
- Infectious disease bric-a-bracs: Lassa fever, US flu activity and MERS in Saudi Arabia
- Mayaro virus DNA vaccine induces protective immunity
- Ebola outbreak reaches 800 cases
- Newborn herpes: Acyclovir labeling provides drug dosing and use in newborns