NYC sees drop in new measles cases: 5 things to know

Health officials say New York City's rate of new measles cases is beginning to slow, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Five things to know:

1. There were 588 measles cases confirmed in New York City as of June 10, compared to 566 on June 3.

2. Officials warned that the decline in new cases isn't the end of the outbreak.

"We don’t want anyone to take this for granted and say I don't need to worry about getting vaccinated," Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, MD, told WSJ.

3. The outbreak peaked in April, when the city issued an emergency vaccination order for people 6 months and older in certain Brooklyn zip codes. Over 51,000 people received measles-mumps-rubella vaccines citywide from April 9 to June 9, and 173 people received summonses from the city for defying the order.

4. Most cases have occurred in unvaccinated children ages 4 and under in New York CIty's Williamsburg neighborhood, which has a large Orthodox Jewish community. So far, 10 Jewish schools have been shut down during the outbreak for accepting students and staff members without vaccination documentation, according to Metro New York.

5. Meanwhile, state lawmakers continue to review a bill that would repeal religious exemptions for school vaccinations. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, told WSJ she believes the bill has a strong enough backing to pass in the Senate.

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