Eight cases of measles were reported in Westchester district in New York because officials fear the virus is spreading throughout the state
- Six of the patients are siblings between the ages of six months and 14 years old
- Some Westchester patients fell ill after a visit to Brooklyn
- The state of New York currently has two major outbreaks: 285 cases in Brooklyn and 168 in Rockland
Eight people have contracted measles in Westchester County in New York because health officials fear the outbreak will spread throughout the state.
Six of the patients are siblings from six months to 14 years old and two of them are hospitalized.
Westchester County neighbors Rockland County, where 168 people have contracted measles, forcing schools to temporarily ban unvaccinated children.
Some Westchester patients fell ill after a visit to Brooklyn, where a 285 outbreak occurred.
Some Westchester patients fell ill after a visit to Brooklyn, where an outbreak of more than 250 cases occurred (photo)
The new cases were reported a day after New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, had announced mandatory BMR vaccinations for anyone living in Brooklyn's Williamsburg district – in one of the most difficult measures against an outbreak in American history.
The mandate took effect on Thursday morning and lasts until 17 April.
People who live in the four zip codes involved were warned that they will receive a 1,000 or six-month prison sentence if they skip the vaccine.
A lawyer is ready to bring a lawsuit that challenges the assignment this week.
Westchester officials still have to announce which measure they will take, but Westchester Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler begged parents to vaccinate their children.
New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has announced mandatory BMR vaccinations for everyone living in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn – in one of the most difficult measures against an outbreak in American history
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