Who’s Accountable for an Outbreak?

Vaccine refusers in Brooklyn, New York catalyzed a 2013 measles outbreak that cost the city health department almost $400,000 and 10,000 man hours.

An analysis by the New York City health department, published in JAMA Pediatrics, tracks how city health workers went well beyond their job descriptions to trace 3,300 people exposed to measles after one teenager brought the contagious, life-threatening disease back from London. All 58 cases, mostly young children, were in the Orthodox Jewish Community; 78% were unvaccinated due to refusal.

An accompanying editorial by Yale’s Jason Schwartz offers one controversial solution to these logistical challenges: vaccination refusal fees.

Ars Technica

Thanks for the tip, Heath Elliott!

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