The mayor of New York Bill de Blasio announced an emergency due to an outbreak of measles, writes The New York Times.
It is noted that most cases of measles are concentrated in ultra-Orthodox Jewish areas of the city — Williamsburg and Boro Park.
The mayor stressed that the threat of measles should be eliminated “immediately”. In this regard, the head of the city announced compulsory vaccination. In case of refusal of its passage the residents of the district face a fine of up to a thousand dollars.
Measles in New York City began to be recorded in the fall of 2018. Since then, 285 confirmed cases have been reported. 21 people were hospitalized, five of whom were admitted to intensive care units.