The health department confirmed six cases of the highly contagious virus infection in Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish community. The affected children vary between the ages of 11 months and 4 years.
Five of the children were not vaccinated – four because their shot was delayed and one too young to receive the vaccine. The sixth child was vaccinated, but the immunization had not yet been kicked in.
“Although measles are preventable, too many families choose not to vaccinate or delay vaccination, which puts their children and other children at risk,” says Acting Health Commissioner Dr Oxiris Barbot.
Of the children in Brooklyn, they have been sent to the hospital with pneumonia and another has had ear infection as a result of measles.
Nearly a dozen people in New York outside the city also have measles ̵
1; at least five of those who picked up the disease while traveling to Israel, officials said.
There is currently an outbreak of the disease in the country – with 341 cases so far in Jerusalem, Haaretz reported
The Health Department held a meeting in Williamsburg on Thursday with rabbis and selected officials to raise awareness about the disease and how to protect children against the.