N.Y. health officials battle worst measles outbreak in decades

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UPDATED 6:19 AM PT — Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Health officials in New York are battling the worst measles outbreak in decades as the highly contagious disease spreads nationwide.

A t least 160 people have been infected by the virus, with the worst affected areas surrounding orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County.

In this file photo, a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. (Damian Dovarganes / AP)

While measles can only be prevented by vaccinations, health officials are saying more than 80-percent have not been vaccinated in those areas.

Meanwhile, 25 other states have reported outbreaks with alarming numbers rising in Oregon and Washington.

The Big Apple has given over 11,000 vaccinations to children so far, but are still struggling to contain the virus’ rapid spread.

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