New York City has declared an end to the measles outbreak in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. The outbreak ultimately resulted in 654 cases, including 52 hospitalizations and 16 ICU admissions. Most of the cases were in children, and the vast majority were unvaccinated or undervaccinated. Health and elected officials implemented a variety of interventions in an effort to interrupt transmission, including mandatory vaccinations in affected communities and legislation eliminating non-medical exemptions for vaccinations required for school enrollment.
Measles cases worldwide continue to rise, and vaccine hesitancy is to blame. This week’s post is a brief update on the global measles resurgence.
Earlier this month, WHO adapted their Ebola vaccination strategy in the DRC. This week’s #OutbreakThursday post takes a look at the vaccination effort leading up to this adaptation and the impact that the introduction of a new vaccine may have on continued efforts.
As nationwide measles incidence continues its rapid climb toward the highest yearly total since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, public health officials are struggling to effectively engage with insular communities—in this case, Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities—where vaccine-preventable diseases like measles can gain a foothold as a result of low vaccination coverage.