BROOKLYN, N.Y. — New York officials declared a public health emergency Tuesday in a Brooklyn neighborhood where a measles outbreak has infected more than 250 people and is still growing.
New York Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said those who ignore the order will face a steep fine.
“People in violation of our order to get vaccinated against measles will get a violation and could be fined $1,000 per instance,” Barbot said.
She also blamed the crisis on a small group of people in Williamsburg who are opposed to vaccinations.
"'They have been spreading dangerous misinformation based on fake science," she said, according to the news station.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s spokesman, Eric Phillips, said measles vaccinations for those who may have been exposed are mandatory.
“And we’ll shut down schools violating the ban on unvaccinated students,” Phillips said.
City officials cannot force anyone to get vaccinated, WPIX reported, but they can fine people who refuse a vaccine order.
“If people will simply cooperate quickly, nobody will have to pay a fine,” de Blasio said.
New York is battling the worst measles outbreak since 1991 with some 285 confirmed cases.
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