New York City health officials reported 23 additional measles cases from the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg (21) and Borough Park (2), bringing the outbreak total to 181 since last October.
The breakdown of cases from Brooklyn and Queens since the outbreak started is as follows: Williamsburg: 130 confirmed measles cases, Borough Park (46), Midwood/Marine Park (2) and one each in Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach and Flushing, Queens.
Most of these cases have involved members of the Orthodox Jewish community.
According to the Israel Ministry of Health, more than 3,600 people contracted measles during the past year.
The initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring. Since then, there have been additional people from Brooklyn and Queens who were unvaccinated and acquired measles while in Israel. People who did not travel were also infected in Brooklyn or Rockland County.
Health officials advise 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.
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.