Children under the age of 18 have been barred from public places in Rockland County, New York. Rockland County declared an emergency over a ‘measles outbreak’ that started in October 2018. So far 153 cases have been confirmed in the county.
The first of its kind emergency order, which came into effect at midnight, says that children who have not been vaccinated must stay away from schools, shopping centers, restaurants, houses of worship and all other indoor public places.
The Land of Opportunity is going through the longest ever measles outbreak in US history, after the highly contagious disease was declared eradicated in the USA in 2000.
The outbreak is now in its 26th week and, despite health officials’ efforts to encourage people to vaccinate their children, but many are still reluctant and do not want to poison their body with mercury?
New York also took aim @ the old-fashioned way of building resistance to the disease – the so-called ‘measles parties’ – that have been championed by anti-vaxxers.
The law would be enforced as any other emergency declaration and those found in violation might end up in jail for up to six months or face a $500 fine.
Some 72% of the population in the country have been vaccinated, which is far below the 97% threshold over which it is considered to be effective.
The efforts to stop the outbreak have been primarily torpedoed by Jewish orthodox families, who refuse to follow the vaccination guidelines citing their religious beliefs.
News Punch / ABC Flash Point news 2019.