Measles

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Amid a measles outbreak in Rockland, County Executive Ed Day has written to President Trump requesting federal government intervention.

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A case of measles has been confirmed in New York’s Greene County as the outbreak moves north.

State and local lawmakers at the New York State Capitol Monday called for a law to tighten exemptions for vaccinations. From left to right: Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Senator Brad Hoylman Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe, Senator David Carlucci at the podium,
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The CDC reports that cases of measles nationwide has grown to more than 700, the worst outbreak in decades. New York’s Rockland County has over 200 of those cases, and New York state legislators are calling for immediate passage of a bill to mandate vaccinations, unless a person has a medical exemption.

Rockland County Exec Renews Measles State Of Emergency

Apr 26, 2019

The number of confirmed measles cases in Rockland County, New York, continues to rise. The county executive is highlighting his health department’s recent orders, while a state senator is introducing a bill to counter misleading vaccination information.

Rockland Puts New Measles Order Into Effect

Apr 18, 2019

Rockland County, New York officials have issued a new order banning people exposed to measles from going to public places. This comes after a judge halted the county executive’s state of emergency April 5th.

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Dr. Amesh Adalja, a  Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Diagnostics Committee, joins Medical Monday. He's here to discuss infectious diseases and vaccinations. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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Westchester officials have confirmed the first eight cases of measles in their county. It comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.

Westchester Has Its First Confirmed Cases Of Measles

Apr 10, 2019
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Westchester officials say eight cases of measles have been confirmed in their county. This comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak and ordered mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood for people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Judge Pauses Rockland's Measles Emergency Order

Apr 8, 2019
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A judge has halted the Rockland County executive’s emergency declaration aimed at curbing a measles outbreak. Friday’s decision put an immediate pause on the county’s 30-day emergency order that began at the end of March.

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An acting state Supreme Court justice in Rockland County Friday halted the county executive’s emergency declaration aimed at curbing a measles outbreak. The 30-day emergency order that began March 27 barred from public places those under 18 years of age who are unvaccinated against measles.

Officials in Rockland County, New York have provided an update on the emergency declaration announced earlier this week due to a measles outbreak. 

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Backers of a bill in the New York state legislature say the measles outbreak in Rockland County could give their legislation momentum. The bill would repeal exemptions from vaccination requirements for children due to religious beliefs. The renewed focus comes after the Rockland County executive declared a state of emergency Tuesday.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day has declared a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak in the area. Effective at midnight, officials say anyone under 18 years of age who is unvaccinated against the measles will be barred from public places until the declaration expires in 30 days or until they get the vaccination. 

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Two measles cases have been confirmed in residents of Sullivan County, New York. This comes amid a measles outbreak in Rockland County.

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A district judge in White Plains federal court on Tuesday denied a request to allow unvaccinated children to return to a school in Rockland County. The lawsuit is moving forward during what the judge terms an “unprecedented measles outbreak.”

Following a measles outbreak in Rockland County, a health official in a nearby county is urging residents to check their vaccine status.

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In New York, the Rockland County health commissioner has issued a letter to certain schools saying that unvaccinated students must stay home. This comes following a measles outbreak.

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The New York State Department of Health is warning of potential measles exposures in Brooklyn and in Orange and Putnam Counties.

NYS DOH: Tourist With Measles Visited HV Locales

Feb 23, 2018
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The New York state Department of Health says a tourist from Australia who has been confirmed to have measles visited hotels in New York City along with some places in the Hudson Valley.

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New York state health officials are warning against possible measles exposures in Saratoga and Warren Counties.

Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of American children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant; there was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated fetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted fetus from Sweden, produced safe, clean cells that allowed the creation of vaccines against rubella and other common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a devastating German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day wipe out homegrown rubella. The rubella vaccine and others made with those fetal cells have protected more than 150 million people in the United States, the vast majority of them preschoolers. 

Meredith Wadman covered biomedical research politics from Washington for twenty years. She is a reporter at  Science and has written for NatureFortune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Stanford and Columbia, she began medical school at the University of British Columbia and completed her medical degree as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford.

Her new book is The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease

2/10/15 Panel

Feb 10, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include Alabama gay marriage; Obama meeting with Merkel on Ukraine crisis; HSBC under scrutiny; and measles parties.

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A train-rider who was found to have contracted measles has brought that distant Disneyland outbreak of the childhood disease home for many across the Northeast.

On Friday, the New York State Health Department disclosed that a Bard College student took a 1:20 p.m. Amtrak train from New York City's Penn Station to Albany and then to Niagara Falls the previous Sunday. The media got hold of the story and - pardon the pun - the news went viral, spread with headlines like "Thousands of commuters were potentially exposed to the disease by an infected Bard College student."

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Health officials say a New York college student who now has measles recently traveled across the state on a train. So they want to make people aware while noting that most New Yorkers have been vaccinated against the disease.

The state Health Department said Friday that the Bard College student took a 1:20 p.m. Amtrak train from New York City's Penn Station to Albany and then to Niagara Falls this past Sunday.

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The Vermont Health Department wants health care providers to be alert for measles because the highly contagious disease has been found in 18 states this year.