According to the Ministry of Health, eight people were captured abroad in Israel, the United Kingdom and Ukraine during the outbreak, and returned to New York to be distributed to others. City officials have identified as Orthodox Jews, with the exception of seven people who have become ill.
As the Passover celebrations are in full swing, some community leaders are asking unvaccinated children to stay home from synagogues. Rabbi dr. Aaron Glatt of the Rabbinical Alliance of America recommended this for his Synagogue in Long Island, and his advice was shared with religious leaders.
"Please have your children vaccinated," he said. "If your children are not vaccinated, they pose a risk to other children, so please do not take them to the temple."
There were 231 other measles infections throughout the state, including 199 in Rockland County, 20 in Orange County, 10 in Westchester County and 2 in Sullivan County, according to the state health department. The outbreak has had a major impact on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, including Michigan, where there are now 43 cases attributed to a traveler who has trapped and spread the measles in Brooklyn.
Nationwide, there were 626 measles cases, of which about 64 percent occurred in New York State. The second largest number since the eradication of measles in 2000.
Gwynne Hogan is Associate Producer at WNYC. You can follow them on Twitter at @ GwynneFitz,