New York City declares measles outbreak over

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Additionally, he added that, "As we head back to school this week, we just remain vigilant". Further, measles cases continue to occur elsewhere in the United States, including in New York State, posing ongoing risk of reintroduction of measles into NYC neighborhoods where there are pockets of unvaccinated individuals, thus re-igniting community transmission of measles.

A total of 654 people have been diagnosed with the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease since its outbreak in NY in October 2018. Serious complications included hospitalization (52), intensive unit care (19) and pneumonia (34).

Since September 2018, the disease has spread to 654 people.

The city declared the emergency order in April requiring mandatory measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations for residents who live in the northern Brooklyn ZIP codes of 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249.

Most of the cases (525 or 80%) were diagnosed in people younger than 18, and most cases were among unvaccinated (73%) or incompletely vaccinated (7%) people, or among those who did not know their vaccination status (15%).

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Hizzoner declared the end of the epidemic, which swept through Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn for the better part of a year, after no new cases were reported to officials with the city's Health Department since mid-July and after a multi-million-dollar vaccination and education drive by the government and local religious leaders, according to de Blasio.

'To keep our children and communities safe, I urge all New Yorkers to get vaccinated. "It's the best defense we have".

"Measles is one of the most contagious diseases on the face of the earth", Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in the news release.

New York state has accounted for 75 percent of the massive outbreak across the U.S., with most of those centered on New York City's Brooklyn borough. "While its vaccination rates have always been high, global travel and a close-knit, family-centered structure left our community particularly vulnerable to the measles, a highly contagious disease", said Avrohom Weinstock, the leader of Agudath Israel of America. Andrew Cuomo to sign a law ending non-medical exemptions from mandatory vaccinations for school children.

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