Measles, a serious viral disease that spreads rapidly through the air through sneezing or saliva generated by coughing, is affecting New York City, specifically Rockland County, which already has 150 cases of this disease. The concern is so great that authorities have filed a request for a ban on children under the age of 18 who have not been vaccinated against the disease from frequenting public spaces.
The ban will be extended for approximately 30 days, hoping to lessen the strong outbreak that has affected the city. Moreover, a state of emergency has been declared in Rockland County, where with a total of 300,000 inhabitants, 150 cases of the serious disease have already been registered.
It is important to emphasize that the majority of the infections by this disease are minor, belonging to diverse ultra-orthodox Jewish communities, which present a quantity of vaccinated against the disease quite low.
Some anti-vaccine people in the area do not allow public health workers who come to their homes and try to help them to do their job. They slam the door in their faces and tell them not to come back, an attitude that is otherwise selfish and irresponsible.
It is important to emphasize that people who do not comply with the high protection measure in the area, will be punished with fines and short prison sentences by the authorities if caught. Those in charge of dealing with the emergency mention that they seek to generate a reaction in the inhabitants in order to stop the serious outbreak that affects them.