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Measles vaccination

The New York City Health Department announced Tuesday that a measles outbreak in the city’s Jewish neighborhoods has ended.

The outbreak that began last year led to an emergency order banning unvaccinated children and adults from entering schools in certain zip codes, primarily in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.


The order, which mandated vaccinations in those zip codes, is set to be lifted, health officials said Tuesday, adding that two incubation periods since the last reported cases have passed with no reports of new infections.

However, city Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot warned New Yorkers to continue to immunize their children before the start of each new school year to ensure there would be no further threat from “one of the most contagious diseases on the face of the earth.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.