(Bebeto Matthews / AP / Shutterstock)  The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene cited a further five Orthodontic schools to allow children without fuel to attend classes, in an unusual breach of order. which was implemented in December to prevent the spread of measles.
There are schools, as the one mentioned last month, all in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which was the heart of the measles outbreak of which 158 people from New York are included, and 1
“The outbreak is not over, and the Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, in a statement.
The Health Department's investigators established their conclusions by comparing immunization records with school attendance records. The schools were fined, but they may face financial damages if they are still found to be pursuing city orders during future inspections, according to the Department of Health.
New York state law usually requires all students to be vaccinated for measles, as well as some other illnesses, to attend a public or private school. However, they allow exemptions for religious or valid reasons.
In December, however, the health department issued an emergency order which prohibited ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in a zip code where the virus was widespread from letting children even exempt in their buildings. Officials said that the order would prevent the spread of measles.
More than 96 percent of children in the 133 tribunals in the targeted zip codes are vaccinated, according to state records 2017-2018. (A further 7,000 have received further shots since the outbreak began.) But this is lower than in public schools, where the rate is 99.3 per cent.
Among the Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn (also known as Haredi), a hotline and an anti-vaccination publication are worrying about the dangers of vaccines. The five schools that the health department said were in breach of the order were: Williams' Bnos Square, Bnos Chayil (Wythe Avenue), Bnos Chayli (Hughes Street), Tiferes Bnos Children, and Simche Kinder.
The person who answered the Phone at Tiferes told Bnos that they did not have time to comment and hung. Administrators in the other four schools did not submit requests for comments.
In three of the five schools, according to health inspectors, not-only children have only brought infectious children to the class, although it is not yet clear if they have drawn extra cases. The incubation period for measles is 21 days, so more children may become infected and not yet show signs, officials said.
Some Jewish leaders say they support the health department's order to keep non-vaccinated students from yeshivas.
“Everyone who does not adhere to this policy is in violation of the Jewish principal very fundamental in protecting human health and protecting others,” said Scholar Rabbi Simcha. “They have no right to put other children at risk.”
The Scholar is the chief executive officer of Chai Lifeline, a group working with children with cancer in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, who are particularly vulnerable to measles. and [serious difficulties]
Last month, the health department announced another school, there was no need for both orders by Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov Pupa. Officials have now linked a further 42 cases of measles to that school, of which 28 have seized, and a further 14 have taken the virus on hand.
Since the outbreak of measles last October, 11 people have been admitted to hospital and one child requires intensive care.
Gwynne Hogan is an associate producer with WNYC. You can follow her on Twitter at @GwynneFitz .