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Orthodox Jews are hosting “measles parties,” New York officials say as they order vaccinations to stop outbreak

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– There have been nearly 300 cases of measles in one neighborhood since the outbreak began. As the measles virus continues to spread across the country, officials in New York City outlined a series of steps on Tuesday to address the large number of cases afflicting one particular Brooklyn neighborhood. In the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, there have been 285 cases of measles reported since the outbreak began o..Read more»

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    As claimed by the title and throughout this article, the New York City Mayor’s Office held a public announcement and press event on April 9, 2019 “regarding the city’s measles response.” The announcement focused on warning the public of “285 cases of measles reported since the outbreak began on September 30, 2018,” especially within Brooklyn’s “Williamsburg Orthodox [Jewish] community,” and what punitive actions could be taken against those residents who fail to vaccinated their children against the disease going forward.
     

    It was during the announcement that Dr. Herminia Palacio, deputy mayor of Health and Human Services, stated, “We also received reports that people are attending so-called ‘measles parties;’ bringing children together to purposely get exposed to measles,” And finished her statement by warning that “exposing your unvaccinated child to measles is very dangerous. And it could even be deadly. We urge everyone to avoid this practice.”
     

    It is understood that the “measles parties” Dr. Palacio referred to involves intentionally exposing unvaccinated children to other children with the measles disease with the intent that all children attending the “party” would leave having gotten the disease themselves.
     

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has itself recognized that such parties have existed with the intent of exposing children to measles or chickenpox in the the past and has “strongly recommend[ed] against hosting or participating in these events.”
     

    When asked by a reporter at the announcement if “the department of health [was] aware of any particular day or event in which there was a large scale exposure, or has it just sort of been trickling in?”
     

    New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot responded, “We are not aware of particular events, but as Dr. Palacio mentioned, we are concerned about families having measles parties. And so, I think it’s important to emphasize the fact that back in the day people were having parties to expose their kids to chickenpox, to measles. We live in a different world now. There are many more individuals who are living with chronic diseases, who are surviving cancer, and so we don’t want children or adults to be unnecessarily exposed to measles because there are serious consequences to that. And the easiest thing to make sure that your children are protected against that, is to get the [measles] vaccine.”
     

    Explanation of Findings. While the purpose of the NYC Mayor’s Office’s announcement was not solely to urge citizens against the practice of “measles parties,” multiple city officials did clearly, explain during the announcement that a measles outbreak had occurred particularly within its Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and explicitly mentioned receiving reports of “measles parties” occurring, stressing the importance not to host such events. We therefore rate this as Real News, No Spin, and Accurate. Click the Ratings icon above to see the current ratings, including public ratings, on this claim.
     

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