Measles outbreak is now becoming a cause of worry. There has been a declaration of emergency. It is because of this outbreak. Rockland County declares its second state of emergency declaration. This is so as to renew the original one.
The original declaration was issued last month. The second declaration will come into effect from the 26th of April. Moreover, it will be in effect till 11:59 pm on the 25th of May. Learn the changes and cautions raised here.
Measles outbreak: The second state of emergency declared
This new declaration has some changes. The order is issued by Ed Day. Day is the executive of County. He says since the original declaration, they have lost a lot of time and time is very valuable. This is because there are 50 new confirmed cases. Moreover, this happened in less than a month’s time.
The new declaration lacks the Measles Outbreak Emergency Directive. This directive bans unvaccinated children to enter public space.
However, this is for kids below 18 years of age. The directive was removed after a court challenge. The challenge has been done by a group of parents.
Moreover, earlier this month a judge lifted the ban. At that time, there were 166 cases of measles.
All of the measles cases are confirmed. CBS New York reports the reason for this as well. This is because the number does not meet the legal requirements of an emergency.
The outbreak began in October, 2018. Since then there have been more than 200 confirmed cases of measles. Moreover, about 19,400 vaccines have been administered.
This second state of emergency has a new aim. The aim is to enforce the orders of last week. This is inclusive of banning people from public places.
These people are those who have been diagnosed with measles. Moreover, it also includes those who have been in contact with those suffering from it.
Moreover, there are two new guidelines now. However, these are for school administrators and principals. This bans students who have not been immunized.
If these kids require school/daycare, they have to submit an affidavit. This is a notarized sworn affidavit and it identifies students who have been excluded.
The number of cases of measles has hit its all-time high in 25 years. The virus of measles is very contagious and spreads pretty fast.
The vaccine MMR is very helpful and is almost 93 percent effective. Moreover, two doses of MMR are 97 percent effective. So it is prudent to take the shots and stay safe.