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NYC measles outbreak concentrated in Orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods declared over

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An Orthodox Jewish family crossing the street in New York. (Flickr photo - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ )

The measles outbreak, concentrated in Orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods in New York City, is considered over.

There have been no new infections over the last two incubation periods, signalling the end of the outbreak, city health officials said on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

This means that an emergency order mandating vaccines will be lifted, according to the report.

The order required people in those neighbourhoods to be vaccinated or pay fines of up to $1,000.

New York City health commissioner Oxiris Barbot called on New Yorkers to continue get their children immunized. “Staying up to date on vaccines is the best way for people to protect the health and safety of their friends, family and neighbours,” Barbot told the AP.

The outbreak began in October of 2018 and was mostly concentrated in Orthodox neighbourhoods in Brooklyn. There were 654 cases reported up to today, which is the most in 30 years, according to the report.

In June, New York State lawmakers revoked the religious and personal-belief exemptions for vaccines. Unvaccinated students have 14 days from the start of school to prove they received the first dose of each immunization.

The Brooklyn outbreak has been tied to an unvaccinated child who contracted the disease during a trip to Israel.

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