Clear and Preventable Danger

When a teenager was diagnosed with measles at a health clinic in Rockland County, NY, last October, the clock started ticking.

What was at stake wasn’t just the public’s health—America’s WHO-certified measles-free status could be revoked if the outbreak wasn’t contained within 365 days. 

The measles outbreak would infect more than 300 people and cost a small, under-resourced county health department millions. A skeleton staff worked around the clock to track potential cases and convince a vulnerable community of Orthodox Jewish families to vaccinate their children. 

The outbreak was declared contained just 6 days before the deadline. 

Reuters

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