New York City on Monday closed a preschool program at a yeshiva in Brooklyn for violating a Health Department order that required it to provide medical and attendance records amid a measles outbreak.
United Talmudical Academy in Williamsburg is the first yeshiva to be directly affected by city’s escalating effort to stem the country’s largest measles outbreak in decades.
“Health Department staff will monitor the school to ensure it is following the closure order and the center will not be allowed to reopen until its staff have submitted a corrective action plan approved by the Department,” the department said in a statement.
Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency, requiring all individuals in certain ZIP codes of Brooklyn to be vaccinated against measles or be subjected to a $1,000 fine. On Monday, parents filed a lawsuit against the order, arguing that it was unjustified because of “insufficient evidence of a measles outbreak or dangerous epidemic.”
New York City has confirmed 329 measles cases since the outbreak began in the fall. The outbreak has largely been confined within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
Outbreaks have also been reported in Rockland and Westchester Counties, suburbs of New York, as well as around the country.
Source:: Daily times