Mayor De Blasio Declares Public Health Emergency

A public health emergency is in effect in parts of Williamsburg because of the measles outbreak.

Mayor de Blasio said unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to measles will be required to get the vaccine. Those who refuse the vaccine could be fined $1,000.

“We cannot allow this dangerous disease to make a comeback here in New York City. We have to stop it now,” Mayor de Blasio said.

There have been 285 confirmed cases of measles since October, with many of the new cases coming in the last two months. Mayor de Blasio said the vaccines are safe and effective, and this will protect others in the community.

We have a situation now where children are in danger. We have to take this seriously,” de Blasio said.

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