The New York City Department of Health issued a Health Alert (#12 5/21/13) which is reproduced on Failed Messiah which includes the following:
34 cases of measles have occurred in Borough Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Additional cases will likely occur, because a large number of children and adults have been exposed to infectious cases……
The measles outbreak in Brooklyn is continuing to grow. Additional suspected cases are being investigated.
All cases are part of the Orthodox Jewish community and were unvaccinated at the time of exposure, including 5 cases too young to have been vaccinated, 23 cases who refused vaccine, and 6 cases whose vaccines were delayed. Cases range in age from 0 to 32 years (median 7 years), including 5 infants, 21 children, and 8 adults.
Complications have included pneumonia, a miscarriage, and two hospitalizations.
Measles is highly contagious. We have identified over 700 people who have been exposed, predominantly in health-care settings. Home isolation is required for up to 21 days for exposed persons without evidence of immunity to prevent further exposures. To interrupt the spread of measles in your community, we ask for your assistance regarding reporting, isolation, prophylaxis, testing, and vaccination.
Report any suspected measles case with generalized rash and fever to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) immediately.
Please call DOHMH if you have questions at 347-396-2402 (weekdays 9-5pm) or 212-764-7667 (after hours and weekends). Your cooperation is appreciated.
Update, 5pm- The Health Department also distributed this Yiddish version for community members, (unlike the above which was aimed at medical and public health personnel).