Judge rejects challenge of New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order

Judge rejects challenge of New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order

Meanwhile, the New York City Health Department closed four more schools and fined three people Thursday for failing to comply with the emergency order while allowing a school that was forced to close Tuesday for failing to provide its students access to vaccination and attendance records to reopen, NBC New York reported.

New cases were reported in Williamsburg (39), Borough Park (3), Midwood/Marine Park (1) and Far Rockaway (1).

The city last week issued a vaccine mandate that applies to certain ZIP Codes in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where the outbreak began last fall in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

The highly contagious airborne pathogen produces symptoms including fever, cough, and a runny nose, and can cause diarrhea, ear infection, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death - with about 1 out of every 1,367 kids infected dying due to fatal complications from measles, according to the Department of Health, which also maintains that symptoms can appear anytime from seven to 21 days following exposure. The children are in three households.

They're now facing fines of $1,000 ($1400 AUD).

The Washington state Senate narrowly passed a measure late Wednesday that would make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children against measles in response to the state's worst outbreak in more than two decades. The bill, which is expected to become law, leaves medical and religious exemptions intact.

The emergency declaration was met with a lawsuit from five parents who claimed the city overstepped its authority by making vaccinations mandatory in neighborhoods experiencing the measles outbreak.

The judge sided with municipal health officials who defended the order as a rare but necessary step to contain a surge in the highly contagious disease that has infected at least 329 people so far, majority children from Orthodox Jewish communities in the borough of Brooklyn.

Judge Lawrence Knipel issued a six-page decision April 18, upholding the mandate. "A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire", Knipel wrote in his ruling as quoted by Gothamist. "Vaccination is known to extinguish the fire of contagion", the judge said.

In the course of recent years, measles cases have been edging up in a few nations around the globe, with a 300 percent ascend in measles cases all around over a similar period in 2018, as indicated by the World Health Organization. The plaintiffs say the order is unlawful because there is insufficient evidence of a measles epidemic or a risky enough outbreak to justify extraordinary measures, such as forced vaccination or criminal penalties.

According to the CDC, the total number of measles cases nationwide this year "is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the USA since measles was eliminated in 2000".

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