Yeshivas Meeting with Health Officials to Stem Spread of Measles, Will Miracles Ever Cease?

Williamsburg Yeshivos Meet With NYC Health Department To Stem Spread of Measles

Leaders and school administrators from the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg met today at the UJO of Williamsburg with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), a representatives of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit and representatives of the elected officials of the area, to collaborate on efforts to stem the spread of measles infection in the community.

As per the last Department of Health figures, 6 children are confirmed to have contracted the measles infection and more are awaiting lab results to determine if they have the infection. Measles is extremely contagious, and unvaccinated individuals are susceptible to transmit the infection, even if they don’t exhibit symptoms. Measles can be very dangerous and even fatal, especially for those with a compromised immune.

On Wednesday, YWN published a story about a measles outbreak in New York, with 6 residents of Williamsburg and seven residents of Rockland County confirmed to have the disease. An additional eight suspected cases in Rockland County were being investigated involving a mix of adults and children. Many are linked to recent travel to Israel which has been dealing with the disease for months.

  • In order to stem this outbreak, parents must ensure that their children received the recommended vaccination doses, at age 1 and a second one at age 4.
  • Measles infections are far more prevalent in Israel and Europe. Hence, before travelling with children overseas, parents should make sure that their children from six months and older are vaccinated.
  • Measles symptoms include fever, and a rash starting on the fact, trickling down the body and occasionally also appearing on the palms and soles. 
  • Children exhibiting such symptoms should not attend school, and the parents should contact their doctor to arrange for an appointment privately, in order not to transmit the infection to other patients.
  • Thos contacted that they or their child have been at a place with a measles patient, shall make sure to follow their doctor’s advice.
  • Schools where a student was diagnosed with measles, are required by the department of health to exclude all non-vaccinated students until 21 days of the last measles case in the neighborhood.

Dr. Jane  Jane R. Zucker, MD, Assistant Commissioner of the NYC-DOHMH Bureau of Immunization, updated community leaders and school administrators, on the outbreak, and discussed how to ensure that the entire community follows all tips, to stop this outbreak before it results in many more sufferings. The meeting was also attended DOHMH Associate Commissioner Sam Miller and a number of DOHMH representatives, Mr. Pinny Ringel, Senior member of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit, and representatives from the offices of Assemblyman Joe Lentol, State Senator Kavanagh and Councilman Steve Levin also participated at the meeting and committed their support in the effort to stop the outbreak.

“For decades, the UJO worked with the NYC Department of Health and the local schools and community leaders to stop outbreaks of infectious diseases. This collaboration is vital for the health of the community. We will continue efforts to ensure that everybody follows the above instructions,” said Rabbi David Niederman, president of the UJO of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn. “We are thankful for the Department of Health for the early detection, alert of this outbreak, and we pray that with everyone’s cooperation we will be able to stop the spread of this disease.”

On Thursday, the Visnitz Monsey Girls School announced that any child who is not immunized, can’t return to school for 21 days. No “religious exemption” is accepted. A religious exemption does not work when there is a measles outbreak.

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Finally Yeshivas Are Cooperating, Measles and the Vishnitz Girls School

FIGHTING THE OUTBREAK: Vishnitz Girls School in Monsey Not Allowing Unnvaccinated Children After Students Diagnosed With Measles

An Orthodox Jewish School has taken a hard stance against the anti-vaxxers who refuse to vaccinate their children.

YWN has confirmed that the Visnitz Monsey Girls School made the bold announcement on Thursday afternoon. The decision was made after 2 childen were confirmed to have Measles. One child is in preschool and one in elementary school.

Any child who is not immunized, can’t return to school for 21 days. No “religious exemption” is accepted. A religious exemption does not work when there is a measles outbreak.

If the school identifies another measles case, the 21 days will start over.

On Wednesday, YWN published a story about a measles outbreak in New York, with 6 residents of Williamsburg and seven residents of Rockland County confirmed to have the disease. An additional eight suspected cases in Rockland County were being investigated involving a mix of adults and children. Many are linked to recent travel to Israel which has been dealing with the disease for months.

Two weeks ago, YWN reported about the Menahel of Breslov Mosdos in Tzefas having been infected with the measles. He was listed in critical condition at the time of the news story.

There have been dozens of stories published by YWN in the past few months of measles alerts issued by authorities involving Frum people who have not been vaccinated.

Health officials have said anyone at the following locations in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties may have been exposed to the measles:

  • Congregation Bais Elazer in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Mia’s Reflexology in New City, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Lifetime Gym in Montvale, N.J. on Oct. 5
  • Wesley Kosher in Monsey N.Y. on Oct. 5
  • Congregation Borov in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6
  • Costco in Nanuet, N.Y. on Oct. 7
  • Care 365 in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 8
  • Westchester Medical Center’s Emergency Room in Valhalla, N.Y. on Oct. 11

Lack of immunizations have been blamed for outbreaks within other Orthodox Jewish communities. In 2013, the largest measles outbreak in the United States in 17 years spread through Orthodox families in two Brooklyn neighborhoods.

For those who believe they may have been exposed and have further questions, a toll-free hotline has been established: 1-888-364-4837. The hotline is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Measles is highly contagious, so anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease.

People who are unvaccinated risk getting infected with measles and spreading it to others, and they may spread measles to people who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if:

• they were born before 1957

• have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine

• have had measles confirmed by a health care provider

• or have a lab test confirming immunity

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose, and they could appear 10 to 12 days after exposure.

The virus can remain in the air or on surfaces for up to two hours.

To prevent the spread of illness, health officials are advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care.

(Charles Gross – YWN)

 

 

NY State Dept. of Health Warns of Measles Exposure in Rockland County, NY

MEASLES IN NEW YORK STATE – SHOULD THOSE VACCINATED BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T?

A measles outbreak has it New York State putting both religious and non-religious at risk. It has been linked to International travelers, traveling between Israel and the United States. Israel has a strict policy regarding vaccinating children. With socialized medicine largely the norm, there is a requirement before attending school that children be vaccinated and their regimen is stricter than that of the United States. They include vaccinations that we do not have on our protocols. But within the ultra-Orthodox communities, both in Israel and the United States, the requirements for entering schools (religious Yeshivas) is different. Likely – the policy of vaccinations is not enforced.

But if you take this to its logical conclusion, what’s next? A Polio Outbreak? Or… Whooping cough… or any number of other possible diseases that are preventable.

LostMessiah is well aware that there is a movement of people who do not believe in vaccinating their children either because of the dangers of Autism, or other disorders allegedly associated with vaccines. While we may not agree, we are not having that debate.

But, a vaccine only works if a statistical percentage of people within a community are vaccinated. Therefore, for each one person that does not vaccinate, a statistical number of people must be willing to “sacrifice” their kids for the better good. Otherwise, no one is safe. In other words, people who choose to not vaccinate are relying on those who choose to vaccinate to keep their own children safe. That is the problem, whether by conscientious objector or ignorance we find not vaccinating children to be reprehensible. A parent choosing not to vaccinate his or her child is forcing that obligation on others to keep everyone safe. We have a problem with that.

Within the ultra-Orthodox community, failure to vaccinate appears to be borne of ignorance not some fundamental ideological belief against vaccinations and the policy of enforcing vaccinations by State guidelines is largely ingored in the yeshiva system. Moreover, when the problem needs to be resolved, those uneducated must rely on those educated and outside of their community to control the damage. If you are not going to educate yourselves and your children and teach the importance of vaccinations, we almost think you should shut your gates, quarantine your residents and figure out how to fix the problem yourselves, without State financial assistance and without state intervention.

 

New York State Department of Health Warns More Potential New Measles Exposures in Rockland County

New Cases Linked to International Travelers

State Working with County and Community to Identify Potential Exposures, Provide Vaccine, Prevent Further Spread

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 16, 2018) – The New York State Department of Health today announced that additional measles cases linked to international travelers returning from Israel have been confirmed in Rockland County.

Like many European countries and parts of the world, Israel is currently experiencing a high number of measles cases. In the most recent data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), 339 cases have been reported in Israel from March through August of 2018.

To help prevent secondary cases of measles, the state Department of Health is working with the Rockland County Department of Health and Refuah Health Center to identify those potentially exposed and provide information on the importance of vaccination.

A measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine clinic for those who are not immune to measles will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 4:30 p.m. 6:30 at the Community Outreach Center located 21 Remsen Avenue in Monsey.

In addition to supporting the county by providing MMR vaccine, the state Department of Health is testing samples at its Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany, and assisting with community outreach and contact investigations. This includes working with the Rockland County Department of Health to identify unvaccinated students at any impacted schools, and taking the appropriate actions to minimize the risk to other students.

For those who believe they may have been exposed and have further questions, a toll-free hotline has been established: 1-888-364-4837. The hotline is available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of MMR vaccine, have had measles, or have a laboratory test result confirming immunity. Individuals who are not immune to measles and were exposed are at risk for developing measles. Preventive treatment for measles is recommended for those without evidence of immunity as follows: MMR vaccine can be given to eligible exposed individuals within 72 hours of exposure OR immune globulin can be administered within 6 days of exposure.

All individuals who think they may have been exposed to measles, particularly those without immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated, should contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms. Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

To prevent the spread of illness, the Department is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of a rash. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. Individuals should receive two doses of MMR vaccine to be fully protected. If a person is unsure if they are immune they should contact their healthcare provider. Typically, the first dose of MMR vaccine should be given at 12-15 months of age and the second dose should be given at four to six years of age (age of school entry), although individuals may also be vaccinated later in life. In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare, and pre-kindergarten. Since August 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.

More information about measles can be found at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170.pdf.

Maybe the Rabbis Should be Telling the Community to Vaccinate their Children, Despite not Knowing the Science Behind it…

NOTE TO THE RELIGIOUS OFFICIALS IN NEW SQUARE!!! 

MEASLES EXPOSURE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. 

THE ILLNESS AND POTENTIAL DEATH OF YOUR CHILDREN AND THOSE WITH LOW IMMUNE RESISTANCE RESTS SQUARELY ON YOUR SHOULDERS:

Since you have been indoctrinating your community to pay attention to you, you may want to hang up signs about vaccinating children before more children get sick and die unnecessarily.

Despite your conviction that education in math and science is unnecessary, perhaps you can see that without the help of EDUCATED medical practitioners, and sites like LostMessiah that informs the public (whether about things you like or don’t like), your children will die from diseases that ARE PREVENTABLE.

Officials Issue Measles Alert For NYC, Northern Suburbs

 

NEW SQUARE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Health Department was on high alert Wednesday after at least 17 people tested positive for measles in the Tri-State area.

On Wednesday, Rockland County health officials said there were 11 confirmed and three suspected cases being investigated involving a mix of adults and children.

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Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said children who have had their first MMR vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella before 15 months don’t need to wait until age 4 for their second MMR as is typical. Children can get it as soon as 28 days after first shot, and parents should to talk to pediatricians.

A synagogue, a yeshiva and a health center in the Hasidic village of New Square are all listed as places visited by someone sick with measles, putting others at risk. The virus lives for about two hours after an infected person contaminates the air or a surface by coughing or sneezing.

MORETraveler May Have Exposed N.Y. And N.J. Residents To Measles

Health officials have said anyone at the following locations in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties may have been exposed to the measles:

  • Congregation Bais Elazer in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Mia’s Reflexology in New City, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Lifetime Gym in Montvale, N.J. on Oct. 5
  • Wesley Kosher in Monsey N.Y. on Oct. 5
  • Congregation Borov in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6
  • Costco in Nanuet, N.Y. on Oct. 7
  • Care 365 in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 8
  • Westchester Medical Center’s Emergency Room in Valhalla, N.Y. on Oct. 11

“People are very scared about it. They are trying to the best what they can,” one man said. “If there’s any problem they’re taking now precautions. They are taking in the community strong precautions and I think it’s at a good level.”

Similarly, the New York City Department of Health warned the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn after six children contracted the disease this month.

City officials say those diagnosed are between 11-months and four-years-old. Two of them were hospitalized with complications from pneumonia and an ear infection.

Officials say one of the children visited Israel. Gary Schlesinger of Parcare Community Health Network says he’s now getting calls from worried parents.

“They’re basically calling to check on records to make sure they’re compliant with all the vaccinations recommended by government,” he said.

The so-called “MMR” vaccine is very effective — and the vast majority of Americans are immunized as children. Rockland County is urging those who’ve not received the vaccine to do so.

“Even adults can be vaccinated. They have to take two doses of MMR vaccine, which is about 28 days apart,” said Dr. Rebecca Varghese, medical director at Lifeline Urgent Care.

The city says six of the children infected had not been vaccinated. The sixth had one dose, but was not yet immune.

City health officials will be handing out informational fliers in the neighborhood, and will be meeting with rabbis and elected officials to help spread awareness. In Rockland County, officials will offer a measles vaccine clinic on Thursday in Monsey and on Friday in Nanuet.

The classic symptoms of the measles include an unpleasant red rash, fever, runny nose, red eyes, sensitivity to light and coughing. The virus can live up to two hours on a surface.

Aron Wieder, Harassment, Change.org and… the Company Tish James Keeps…

A group calling itself Freedom Counts and a Member of the Board of Elections of Rockland County, New York started the below petition on Change.Org. The purpose is to obtain the signatures necessary to begin removal proceedings to have Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder removed from office, in part for his use of social media in a means that is allegedly inconsistent with the Legislature’s Social Media “Best Practices” guide. We note that this is not really a surprise. A search of our site will show that Mr. Wieder’s tactics are not beyond reproach. We further note, for New Yorkers who will be voting tomorrow, that Tish James is a favorite of Mr. Wieder and his community, which community has generously supported her campaign. If you are a Rockland County reader, you may want to do your own research.

New Yorks’ Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder – it is claimed…

 

Impeach Rockland County District 13 Legislator Aron Wieder

 

Aron Wieder is in clear violation of the legislature’s own Social Media Guide, which states, in the section on “Social Media ‘Best Practices’ for Elected Officials,” that officials should strive, when posting on social media, to be “honest, straightforward, and respectful”. Aron Wieder has done nothing but the opposite, choosing to harass, make false accusations, and publicly humiliate others for any beliefs or opinions that should differ from his own, via Social Media. He is not fit to to be legislator and should be removed immediately from his current reign. It is up to the people of Rockland regardless if they are within his district to stand up use your voice it matters. He might be the legislator for District 13 however all of Rockland is feeling his wrath. It is time to act we can either sit back and allow this man to continue to lead the charge, or we can start by signing this petition, sharing it, and understanding this can no longer go on. We need to remind ourselves and this government that “We the people” are in charge and without us they would not be in their ELECTED position(s).

 

 

Rockland, Illegal School Trailers – Is there no Law that Prevents This?

I-Team: New Battle Erupts in Rockland Over Illegal School Trailers

“It’s illegal, but there is no remedy in the law that allows us to shut them down,” the Ramapo town supervisor says

What to Know

  • Illegal school trailers have popped up in Rockland amid increasing demand for private religious schools to serve ultra-Orthodox Jews there

  • Trailers were first constructed at 261 Route 306 in Monsey in 2015, and still don’t have a certificate of occupancy

  • Residents say they are worried about safety inside the trailers and on the neighboring roads

A new neighborhood battle is erupting in Rockland County over school trailers housing hundreds of children amid an increasing demand for private, religious schools to serve the ultra-orthodox Jewish community.

As the controversy has plagued Rockland in recent years, Monsey resident Reuven Weinstein is leading the fight against the series of “temporary” trailers for a school at 261 Route 306 in Monsey, which has not had a certificate of occupancy for nearly a year. The trailers were first constructed in 2015. Congregation Bair Chinuch Alteres Bnos is affiliated with a property next door,  where several hundred more children attend school in a different building.

“How is a building being occupied by nearly 300 children without a certificate of occupancy? Aren’t those certificates of occupancies for all our safety? How is the town letting this slide?” Weinstein said.

Weinstein said he is worried about safety inside the school and on the neighboring road, where traffic has become increasingly congested. The longtime resident lost his son at a nearby intersection in 2005, when a car ran a red light and struck the 10-year-old boy as he was riding his bicycle home from a friend’s house. Weinstein claimed the intersection was dangerous when his son died, and that it has become even more problematic since the school opened a few years ago.

“It’s only gotten worse,” he said. “The traffic is uncontrollable. There’s more traffic here than can be handled.”

Ramapo’s prior administration was plagued by building department scandals. Recently elected supervisor Michael Specht said his administration is trying to get a court order banning the school at 261 Route 306 from operating until representatives get the required approvals.

“It’s illegal,” Specht said, “but there is no remedy in the law that allows us to shut them down.”

The supervisor said an inspector recently went into the property after a fire call but did not find any serious safety issues. In February, an inspection noted “dangerous conditions” and multiple fire violations, which the town said were addressed.

Justin Schwartz, chairman of the Rockland County illegal housing and private school task force, said, “I’m asking people to intervene before we bring out body bags. People seem not to care about the children. Not the firefighters, not anyone.”

To read this article in its entirety click, here.

 

Rockland exec raises questions over voter registrations – Developers Putting Families and Children in Danger

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Rockland exec raises questions over voter registrations

 

Rockland County Executive Ed Day is calling for an investigation into what he’s calling fraud connected with hundreds of newly registered voters for a minor party line he is vying for in Tuesday’s primary.

But Kristen Zebrowski-Stavisky, Democratic commissioner of the county Board of Elections, brushed off the allegations as political and false.

“It’s absolutely untrue,” Zebrowski-Stavisky said Thursday morning. “There is no evidence of fraud here. … (Day is) making a lot of leaps with no evidence and this is disconcerting.”

While speaking in front of the Rockland Courthouse, Day, a Republican, alleged an investigation by his campaign found that three people had filed 559 new registrations for the Conservative Party this year — the majority of which were filed at the deadline in August. 

Day said his campaign found that many of those new votersappeared to be registered in other parts of the state as well. Using absentee ballots, Day alleged those voters could bypass the verification checks and vote in multiple locations.

RELATED: Races to watch in Rockland’s Tuesday primaries

Day also alleged the questionable registrations were an attempt to influence the primary for the Conservative Party line, where there are 4,212 registered voters eligible to cast a ballot in the closed primary.

But Zebrowski-Stavisky said the new registrations raised no red flags. 

Zebrowski-Stavisky, who also is the chairwoman of the Rockland Democratic Committee, said the Board of Elections is not conducting an investigation into the new registrations. 

 

“I don’t know where the evidence is that there is fraud,” she said in her county office in New City. “… This is a political agenda being played out.”

It is not unusual for multiple new voter applications to be filed with the county shortly before the deadline, such as from people conducting registration drives, or for information to be missing on a registration form, Zebrowski-Stavisky said.

But Patricia Giblin, the GOP commissioner for the county Board of Elections, disagreed.

Giblin noted that the Conservative Party garners only about 100 new registrations a year. For more than 500 people to register for the party in one year was a “massive, massive amount of registrations.”

 

“It’s pretty remarkable. … I’m really concerned about what occurred,” she said. 

When new voters register, they automatically forfeit their eligibility to vote elsewhere, Zebrowski-Stavisky said. It’s not uncommon for voters to appear eligible to vote in more than one location due to delays in updating the state’s voter database, she said.

“It’s not true to say they are registered to vote in two places,” she said.

The county Board of Elections verifies new voters through the mail and runs their names through a state database.

In the case of missing or incorrect information on a registration form, a voter may be required to show identification at the polling place.

Zebrowski-Stavisky said there have been no proven cases of voter fraud since she began at the Board of Elections in 2013.

Day, who was nominated by the Conservative Party, is contending for that political line in Tuesday’s primary against Tom Sullivan, who is a registered Conservative. Day, who also is vying for the Reform Party line, has secured the Republican line.

Sullivan, 65, of Nanuet said in an email that Day was “hurling baseless allegations and complaining about routine voter registration activities.”

“If he wanted to create meaningful reform in this county, he would make sure as many of our voters register and participate as possible,” Sullivan said. “Instead, Ed Day is trying to disenfranchise a specific group of voters who are simply trying to exercise their basic right to vote.”

Maureen Porette, the Democratic candidate for county executive, said Day’s allegations were a deflection and a fear tactic.

“If you can show me … proof of campaign fraud, I would be standing behind him 100 percent,” she said. “But there’s no proof; it’s allegations and lies yet again.”

Porette was endorsed by the Working Families Party but is being challenged in a write-in primary for the line. She has already secured the Women’s Equality line.

Day said the registrations were “part of sending a message to me” over the county’s crackdown on health code violations and tax evaders.

Day was calling for the following:

  • The county Board of Elections, Rockland District Attorney’s Office, and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to launch investigations into the voting registrations.
  • The Rockland Sheriff to conduct “police checks” on “each of these suspect voter registrations” to ensure they are accurate.
  • Day also was calling on all absentee ballots from the 559 newly registered voters be impounded in the primary and election, and an investigation be conducted to verify their authenticity.
  • The state Legislature to pass a laws requiring voters to present identification in order to vote, and requiring voter registration forms to be completely filled out.   

The allegations of voter fraud have not been referred to the Rockland District Attorney’s office, said Xiomara Lopez, a spokeswoman for the office.

Day also said that 12 individuals were registered on the same date from one residence in Spring Valley, a property he described as in “significant disarray with no outward indication of residential use.”

That property turned out to be Congregation Noam E. Lizensk, a religious school with more than 150 students aged 15-19 that has been in that location for two decades.

On Thursday afternoon, more than 100 students at the school could be seen studying inside one of the large classrooms.

Joel Klein, a board member for the school, said in an email: “The location is a yeshiva with 150 students an a dormitory and it is fully legal by law for students to register at a dorm. Mr. Day knows of this address; it is in fact in Clarkstown.”