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July 23, 2013

Brooklyn Haredi Measles Outbreak Ends

Child with measlesThe measles outbreak in haredi Brooklyn is finally over, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygine says.

Child with measles

The JTA reports:

A measles outbreak in Brooklyn is over, the New York City Department of Health said.

The department in its announcement on Monday thanked the [haredi] Jewish communal leaders for helping stem the outbreak.

From March to June, 58 cases were reported — 30 in the Williamsburg section and 28 in Borough Park. All the cases involved adults or children who had  no documentation of being vaccinated at the time of exposure because they refused or due to delays.

Three of the cases resulted in complications, including one case of pneumonia and two hospitalizations. [I believe there was also at least one miscarriage.]

The outbreak had originated from a [haredi] person who traveled to London['s haredi community, where similar overcrowding and below normal vaccination rates had alread sparked an outbreak] .…

Previous Haredi measles Outbreak Posts.

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I see the negel wasser, davening and extra learning finally kicked in

But the jews do not believe in Rabbi Mental Hygine. (Sic:)

Many of these outbreaks are the direct result of magic medicine. Along with the nonsensical oriental "medicine", homeopathy, reflexology, lead pouring, arm waving, etc. comes the lovely antiVAX movement. Fear mongering about vaccination and lies about medicine and science play directly into sick and dead children. So what's the harm in magical thinking and medical conspiracy theories? You tell me.

While most people do not associate measles with fatal risks, that is because in previous decades, people were exposed to the disease and the body immunized itself to some extent. When the disease was introduced to the natives in America, there was a period of time when they died from it.

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