Worst measles outbreak in decades sweeps New York as cases surge in Oregon, Washington and abroad

Worst measles outbreak in decades sweeps New York as cases surge in Oregon, Washington and abroad

  • At least 160 people in New York have been infected with measles 
  • One in 20 children that get the highly-contagious virus develop pneumonia, and one to two per 1,000 die  
  • The disease can only be prevented by vaccination 
  • Over 90 percent of babies in the US are vaccinated 
  • But people of certain religions and ideologies sometimes refuse to get their children vaccinated 
  • In New York, the infection is spreading primarily among Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County

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