Thu May 23, 2019, 11:35 PM

Measles outbreak prompts finger-pointing in US, with New York Orthodox Jews rejecting blame

By Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel and Emily Olson
Updated about 6 hours ago

As the US battles measles outbreaks in 24 states, debate over the reasons for the resurgence of the illness has become heated

One US county has banned unvaccinated children from school and public places to stop the spread
New York's Orthodox Jewish community has rejected claims it is to blame for the outbreak
Rockland County, located just north of New York City, is at the centre of the conversation.

It is home to the largest Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish population per capita of any US county.

It is also the centre of one of the largest measles outbreaks in the country, with 225 people affected.

"This is not a Jewish problem. It's an anti-vaccine problem," Shoshana Bernstein, an Orthodox Jewish mum and advocate for vaccination, said.

The outbreak in Rockland County began when an infected child visited from Israel where more than 3,500 people have contracted the disease in the last year.


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