Measles: Michigan's outbreak was linked to an outbreak in New York

Lynn Sutfin, a public information officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said a male from New York traveled to Southeast Michigan by vehicle.

"During his visit here he was building up the undiagnosed measles. The remaining 38 cases of measles in Southeast Michigan can be linked to this person," she said.

State health officers reported 39 cases from this outbreak. (There is a case of measles in Washtenaw County, Michigan, which is linked to international travel.)

The continuing outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York began in October when, according to the health officers, a child who had no illness had come to measles while visiting Israel.

"Since then, there have been extra people from Brooklyn and Queens who have been unborn and acquired measles while in Israel. There have also been people who have not traveled infected in Brooklyn and Rockland County," says the Department of Health and Mental Health in New. York.
On Monday, he also said that two people had contracted the illness from the UK and one from Ukraine. According to the World Health Organization, Ukraine reported 72,000 cases of measles in the last 12 months, the highest in any country.

In total, more than 500 cases of measles in New York were reported as part of this outbreak, 332 from January, and over 40 new cases were identified in the last week.

New measures in Rockland County

Health commissioner Rockland County, New York, announced new guidelines on Tuesday morning for people who have had a confirmed laboratory measles case, those who have been identified as being exposed to measles by health investigators. T and for those under 18 years of age and without fuel.

Measles accelerate to the second highest in the United States in 25 years and over 100,000 global cases

Each person in these categories will be issued with an order prohibiting them from leaving their home and going to any public assembly place, both inside and outside, for up to 21 days. Persons found in breach of this rule will be fined $ 2,000 per day. Parents are responsible for compliance on behalf of their children.

The Health Commissioner, Dr Patricia Schnabel Ruppert noted that, as of Monday, Rockland County administered 1,760 vaccinations since an emergency was confirmed three weeks ago.

Last month, Ed Day of the County Executive Committee banned people who were under 18 years of age from public places, stating that it was a "necessary additional step to fight back". against the disease. In early April, a judge issued a restriction order to prevent the county from enforcing the ban, a decision made by Rockland County.

The Attorney General Thomas Humbach said Tuesday "that the emergency declaration is issued on a statute with little precedent and case law on its back. But, the powers of the health commissioner are very strong."

On Tuesday, after the announcement of new Rockland County measures, Day said “we will re-strategicize every opportunity. We can't wait around for a court decision. ”He said Rockland County measles outbreak, including contact tracking for all infected cases, taxpayer dollars costs, and costing the negative attention to media exposure" money " We also think the county is looking at costs that are approaching $ 2 million.

"He says we are outreaching in line with facts, history and, most importantly, a common sense," Day said. "In 2017, measles killed 110,000 people worldwide, mostly children under 5. We had five cases going to the intensive care unit.


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