The WSJ reports the number of measles cases in the U.S. this year has broken a record, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, warning that the virus may no longer be considered to have been eliminated in this country if the large outbreaks continue through the fall.
The CDC said 971 cases have been reported so far in 2019, including 91 cases in the past week and a half. The tally means in just five months the outbreaks have surpassed the previous high of 963 cases set 25 years ago, in 1994.
Most of the cases this year, and in the past several weeks are part of two outbreaks, in New York City and Rockland County, N.Y., where the virus has been spreading mostly among unvaccinated children in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. Several other states have reported either individual cases or small outbreaks.
GreaterLakewood reported last week:
An organization called OJPAC who’s bio says ‘Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council . Mission: Countering the defamation of the Orthodox Jewish community” put billboards up in times square to educate the world that Chassidim by and large DO vaccinate.
OJPAC released a statement saying “The disinformation regarding vaccination rates among Orthodox Jews overall and specifically Hasidim, led to bigoted incidents and unfair treatment of Jews. OJPAC is setting the record straight while raising awareness about vaccinations with this billboard in Times Square.”
GreaterLakewood had an exclusive ‘interview’ with Anti-vaxxers. See it below