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Officials Close 2 More Schools In Brooklyn, Issue Fines Amid Measles Crisis

April 30, 2019 - 9:58 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City health officials have closed more schools in Brooklyn and issued additional fines  as part of efforts to contain the growing measles outbreak.

“What is clear is enforcement has been stepped up intensely by the Department of Health, both in terms of violations and in terms of school closures,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

He notes that while there have been some good signs, New York City is far from out of the woods.

A total of seven yeshivas in Williamsburg have been shuttered after failing to provide vaccination and attendance records for their students, but five have been reopened.. Additionally, the city issued summonses to 57 people for failing to abide by the emergency order requiring the MMR vaccines.

The mayor notes that the number of violations “are continuing to increase and we're going to use every measure that we have to make very clear how serious the situation is.”

If the citations are upheld, each individual could be hit with a $1,000 fine.

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The health department reports a significant bump upward in vaccinations since it issued its mandatory order on April 9. There have been 1,300 measles inoculations administered.

Measles is a highly-contagious, airborne virus that easily spreads through coughing and sneezing. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air or on surfaces. It causes fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, followed by a rash.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday that there are 704 cases reported so far in 22 states.