The first case of measles has been confirmed in Kiryas Joel.

Sources have confirmed to YWN that the case was confirmed on Monday night. The child was examined by a doctor a few days ago, and authorities are attempting to reach those patients who were at the same doctor at that time.


In nearby Rockland County, health officials say there is no change in the number of confirmed cases. There are still 75 cases within the county; however there are now 11 suspected cases that the Rockland County Department of Health is continuing to investigate.

Along with Refuah Health Center in Spring Valley and private physicians, health-care providers have administered more than 6,100 MMR vaccines since the start of the outbreak.

Rockland Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert has also ordered that non-immunized children stay home from schools in New Square and from schools that have less than an 80 percent vaccination rate. This affects 34 private schools in the county. Health officials are doing daily checks of the schools to ensure compliance.

Students will be allowed to return 21 days after the last case of measles is documented.


In Lakewood (Ocean County) NJ, there are 14 confirmed cases, and at least 13 suspected cases being investigated.

The Ocean County Health Department tells YWN that they continue to support and highly encourage the exclusion of non-vaccinated children from schools, preschools and daycares in the outbreak area. These entities have the authority to make that decision when an outbreak has been declared by the New Jersey Department of Health. The age range so far for the current outbreak is 6 months to 27 years old.


In Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community, health officials put the outbreak total at 24 since the first case in October.

Manay Rabbonim around the globe have spoken out against the anti-vaxxers, with some Rabbonim saying that those who don’t vaccinate their children are murderers.


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