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Measles Outbreak in Orthodox Jewish Community in NYC Could Worsen During Passover

As one of theholiest canada goose outlet Jewish celebrationsof the year arrives, families in the Hasidic section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, face a dilemma. But community leaders and health officials fear the holiday may further fuel the spread of the highly contagious disease.

Already,359 cases of measleshave been confirmed in Brooklyn and Queens since October, mostly in Williamsburg.

concern is that with Passover and increased travel, we going to be putting more people uk canada goose outlet at risk, said New York City health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

Across the country, measles cases havejumped to the second highest level in a quarter century, with 555 cases confirmed in 20 states,according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

of measles long canada goose outlet reviews incubation period, we know this outbreak will get worse before it gets better, Barbot said in a statement this week.

A pamphlet directed at Orthodox communities helped fuel the fear of vaccines

In Hasidic Williamsburg, bearded men walk hurriedly in long frock coats crowned by black hats. Women in ankle length skirts push strollers on crowded sidewalks and Hasidic boys with spiraling side curls dart through the streets in bunches.

In an insular community where some don take kindly to intrusion, residents blame canada goose outlet store uk the outbreak largely on a hardline minority opposed to vaccinations, or anti vaxers. The close knit neighborhood where residents explain the insularity as a way of preserving the community identity has seen heightened tension in some families, especially as Passover preparations got underway.

Blima Marcus, canada goose outlet canada a nurse and past president Canada Goose online of the Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association, has been holding small workshops with the nurses in Brooklyn and New Jersey to educate members canadian goose jacket of the ultra Orthodox community who are fearful of vaccines.

The fears were fueled in part goose outlet canada by a slick 40 page booklet being distributed in Orthodox enclaves about the dangers of vaccines. Thebooklet is directly aimed at the Orthodox community,partly written in Hebrew and filled with snippets from the Torah, or Old Testament. canada goose outlet shop Yet Marcus and Orthodox Jewish leaders say there is nothing in Jewish law that prohibits vaccinations.

figured it a fringe magazine and didn pay a lot of attention to it, but I think what we realizing now is that it had a much larger impact than anyone ever realized, Marcus said.

night, people are arguing Kahan, 25, said he had his youngest child, 9 months old, vaccinated this week. canada goose outlet toronto factory His two other children are vaccinated. He said he started a separate family text group where most of his 13 Canada Goose Coats On Sale siblings can only talk about vaccines and the measles outbreak.

of my sisters is very scared, he said. of her friends are anti vaccine canada goose clearance sale and she forwards all their messages. She brought (up vaccines) on the regular group and everyone was busy all day and night fighting. will argue throughout the holiday, said Shaya Hershko, 22, who had his 14 month old daughter vaccinated against the measles before canada goose outlet online uk a family Passover trip to Canada. night, people are arguing. The people you argue with about canada goose outlet black friday everything your arguing partners. who lives in Williamsburg, frequently argues with his sister in law in upstate Orange County, New York. He says she is an adherent of alternative medicine and refuses to vaccinate her children.

Orange County had seen20 confirmed measles cases, while neighboring Rockland County with 190 cases tried to bar unvaccinated children from public places untila judge prohibited officials from enforcing that rule.

have a lot of friends that didn want to give the shots but I figured that a doctor canada goose coats on sale knows better than my friends know, said Hershko cheap canada goose wife, Friny, 20. people that don give the shots are actually a little bit looked down because the schools and everybody are making like a big deal. York health officials announced last week that in the neighborhoods affected by the outbreak, anyone who has not been vaccinated against measles or cannot show evidence of immunity could face a $1,000 fine.

Nurses are fighting misinformation

On Monday, the health department said a Williamsburg child care program was closed repeatedly failing to provide access to medical and attendance records. Schools and child care programs are required to maintain records on site, and unvaccinated students and staff are prohibited from attending.

The child care program has reopened, but health officials said Thursday that four other city schools and pre schools will close imminently for failing to comply with the department orders.

Marcus and a group of other official canada goose outlet nurses have researched and refuted each piece of misinformation in the PEACH booklet, and plan to soon publish a rebuttal to be distributed in Orthodox communities.

The nurses have also been meeting with mothers canada goose outlet store in Williamsburg and other Orthodox communities, Marcus said.

feel really bad for these canada goose coats women whose internal instincts of motherhood and protecting their children have been exploited by this movement and now are feeling that heat and feeling canada goose outlet uk that backlash and are being kind of attacked for their medical choices, she said.

talk to these women and I say you trying to use Jewish law to defend not vaccinating. Instead, you deliberately trying to harm them. It almost kind of like breaking your child bone in the hope that when it grows back it will be stronger, she said Canada Goose sale.