New York has declared a state of emergency for the largest measles outbreak since 1991. New York authorities have ordered a mass vaccination in Brooklyn, noting that people who do not get vaccinated could be fined up to a thousand dollars.
Measles is highly contagious and can lead to death. Apparently, most of the outbreak has occurred among the Jewish community and exceeds 285 cases, of which only 39 are not children.
This is the first time in recent history that the city has ordered a mass vaccination. Some people believe that this extreme measure violates civil liberty by forcing medical treatment. Health officials, however, argue that there is misinformation fueled by false conspiracy theories about vaccines, as these do not represent any harm to health.
The United States is living a particularly active year in this regard, as there have already been 465 cases of measles in 19 states.