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Two pregnant women and 12 fined for violation of vaccination rules as NYC Masles Count grows: Gothamist

042419measles.jpg "src =" http://gothamist.com/attachments/nyc_arts_john/042419measles.jpg "width =" 640 "height =" 480 "/><br /><i>    A doctor's office in Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg warns patients before they enter if they have a fever, rash, or measles. (Gwynne Hogan / Gothamist)</i></div>
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<p>Two pregnant women have been ill with measles, and twelve people who violated the city's mandatory vaccination rules will face fines of US $ 1,000 as the city's measles outbreak continues.</p>
<p>The total number of measles cases has now risen to 390 and is back in October, 31 more cases in the last week. A total of 29 people were hospitalized, six of whom needed intensive care. So far, no deaths have been linked to the outbreak.</p>
<p>Contracting measles during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous to the fetus and lead to birth defects, including deafness or blindness, intellectual disability, or heart problems, according to Centers for Disease Control. </p>
<p>"We urgently appeal to all New Yorkers, especially to the affected areas, unless you have a disease that prevents you from being vaccinated," said Health Commissioner. Oxiris Barbot. The health department is now calling on pregnant women in Williamsburg and Borough Park to be screened for measles immunity. </p>
<p>The city's continuing order requires that residents in four postcodes from Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant receive the measles vaccine or receive fines. Since the announcement of the emergency on 9 April, around 1,000 children have been vaccinated, although an estimated 14 percent – more than 3,000 children between the ages of one and five – were still not vaccinated on 14 April. </p>
<p>Rabbi Simcha Scholar, head of Chai Lifeline, a not-for-profit organization that supports Orthodox Jewish families with children with cancer and other serious health problems, said it was a difficult time for parents with whom he worked, for whom a mastectomy could mean a child dies.</p>
<p>"You are very worried, rightly so; They expect to go public somewhere, "he said. "It's a very difficult, isolated time. These people are suffering badly and their anxiety is at a very high level. "</p><div class=

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,

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