Eight cases of measles have been reported in Westchester County, New York, because officials fear the virus is spreading throughout the state
- Six of the patients are siblings between 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 across the state.
Six of the patients are siblings between the ages of six months and 14 years old, and two of them are hospitalized.
Westchester County borders Rockland County, where 168 people have contracted measles, causing schools to temporarily ban unvaccinated children.
Some Westchester patients fell ill after a visit to Brooklyn, where 285 cases broke out.
Some Westchester patients have fallen ill after a visit to Brooklyn, where more than 250 cases have broken out (photo)
The new cases were reported one day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced mandatory MMR vaccinations for everyone living in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn – in one of the most difficult measures against an outbreak in American history.
The mandate took effect on Thursday morning and will last until 17 April.
People who lived in the four affected ZIP codes were warned that they would be fined $ 1,000 or six months in prison if they skip the vaccine.
A lawyer is ready to file a lawsuit 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 announced compulsory MMR vaccinations for everyone living in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn – in one of the most difficult measures against an outbreak in American history