(JTA) — The measles outbreak concentrated in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City is considered over.
There have been no new infections over the last two incubation periods, signaling the end of the outbreak, city health officials said on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.
This means that an emergency order mandating vaccines will be lifted, according to the report. The order required people in those neighborhoods to be vaccinated or pay fines of up to $1,000.
City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot cautioned that there’s still a threat from “one of the most contagious diseases on the face of the earth,” and urged New Yorkers to get their children immunized before the start of the new school year.
“Staying up to date on vaccines is the best way for people to protect the health and safety of their friends, family and neighbors,” Barbot told the AP.
The outbreak began in October of 2018 and was mostly concentrated in Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn. There were 654 cases reported up to Tuesday, which is the most in 30 years, according to the report.
More than 1,200 cases of measles have been confirmed in 30 states this year with more than three-quarters of them linked to outbreaks in New York and New York City, the Centers for Disease Control reported.
In June, New York State lawmakers revoked the religious and personal-belief exemptions for vaccines. Students have 14 days from the start of school to prove they received the first dose of each immunization.