(Bebeto Matthews / AP / Shutterstock) 19659003] The ultra-Orthodox schools were quoted by the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene for not being allowed children attending classes in a gross violation of the order that was introduced in December to prevent the spread of the bark.
Schools, like those quoted last month, are all located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which was the epicenter of the flare up of the cortex that has so far flown by 158 New Yorkers, including 1
"The flash has not ended, but we will continue to observe additional cases until unpublished students are not properly excluded from attending the school," the healthcare commissioner Dr. Oxisris Barbot
said in a statement. Schools have been fined but may be losing money if they still do not comply with city orders during future inspections, the Department of Health said. New York State law usually requires all students of measles vaccination, as well as a number of other illnesses, to attend a public or private school. But they allow release for grave religious or medical reasons.
However, in December, the Department of Health released an emergency order prohibiting ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in postal codes where the virus prevailed, even allowing children to be released in their buildings. Officials said it would prevent the spread of bark.
More than 96 percent of children in 133 yoshiwas in target postal indices are vaccinated according to state records for 2017-2018. (Another 7,000 got shots from the start of the outbreak). But this is lower than in public schools, where this figure is 99.3%.
Among the ultra-orthodox Jews in Brooklyn (also known as Hareedy), the hotline for anti-vaccination and publication raised concerns about possible dangers of vaccines.
The schools of the Department of Health said I had violated this order: Bennus Williamsburg, Wythe Avenue, Bons Chayli (Hughes Street), Tiferes Bons Dis and Simche Kinder.
A man who answered the telephone at Tiferez Bonos said that they had no time to comment and hang. Administrators of other four schools did not return a comment request.
In three of the schools, according to health inspectors, not only unclassified, but also infectious children went to classes, although it is not clear whether they caused additional cases. The incubation period for the measles is up to 21 days, so more children may have been infected and have not yet shown symptoms, officials said.
A number of Jewish leaders claim to support the order of the Department of Health, which does not allow vaccinated students to leave the yashiv.
"Anyone who does not adhere to this policy violates the same basic Jewish principle of protecting one's health and protecting someone else's health," said Rabbi Simha. "They do not have the right to endanger other children."
Scientist is Chai Lifeline Chief Executive Officer, a group that works with children with cancer in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities that are particularly vulnerable to bark and severe complications.
Last month, the Department of Health announced another school, Yashiv Kehilat Yakov Pupa, did not comply with his orders. Now, officials counted 42 additional measles cases in that school, of which 28 were caught there, plus another 14 who caught the virus from the other's arm.
Since the outbreak of the bark, which began in October last year, 11 people were hospitalized, and one child needed intensive care. No one died
Guinn Hogan is an associate producer at WNYC. You can follow her on Twitter on @GwynneFitz .