Anti-vax moms sue NYC as US heads toward record measles spread – 2019 is set to be the worst year for measles in the US this century

Anti-vax moms sue NYC as US heads toward record measles spread - 2019 is set to be the worst year for measles in the US this century

  • Five unnamed mothers in New York City filed a lawsuit Monday, April 15, seeking to block the city’s mandatory vaccination order in areas hit by a massive measles outbreak that has raged since last October.
  • The lawsuit is just the latest example of anti-vaccine parents challenging the legality of public health officials’ efforts to curb measles cases-which are mounting at an unprecedented rate across the United States.
  • The 555 tally for 2019 is the second-largest tally since measles was declared eliminated from the US in 2000.
  • Surpassing 2014’s total would make 2019 the worst year for measles cases in the US this century.
  • The county is facing an ongoing measles outbreak, which has sickened 186, mostly children.
  • One bars anyone sick with measles or anyone who has been exposed from indoor and outdoor places of public assembly.
  • “In 2017, measles killed 110,000 people worldwide, mostly children under the age of 5. And while we have thankfully not seen a death here in Rockland, we have seen multiple hospitalizations, including an infant and even a premature birth caused by measles.”