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Public health emergency declared amid Brooklyn measles outbreak
Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to stem an outbreak of measles.
As part of the emergency order, unvaccinated individuals living in selected ZIP codes in the heavily Orthodox Jewish community who may have been exposed to measles will be required to receive the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to help curtail the ongoing outbreak.
“We don’t take these steps lightly,” de Blasio said of the mandatory edict to get vaccinated. “It’s time to protect your family and your community.”
Those who have not received the measles vaccine — or do not have evidence of immunity — could be slapped with a violation and fined $1,000.
E. coli outbreak sickens 72 people in 5 states, CDC says
Health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 72 people across five states, federal health agencies said Friday.
The reported cases were in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement announcing the outbreak. Eight people have been hospitalized, the CDC added.
The agency is working with the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to investigate the outbreak. They have not yet pinpointed a specific food, grocery store or restaurant chain that's responsible for the infections. As a result, the CDC is not recommending people avoid a particular food.