(JTA) – Outbreaks of measles, concentrated in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City, are considered to be over
on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
This means that an urgent order requiring vaccines according to the report will be canceled.
The order requires people in these neighborhoods to be vaccinated or pay fines of up to $ 1,000.
New York Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot urged New Yorkers to continue immunizing their children, however.
"Keeping vaccines up-to-date is the best way for people to protect the health and safety of their friends, family and neighbors," Barbot told AP.
The outbreak began in October 2018 and was mainly concentrated in Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn. By Tuesday, 654 cases had been registered, the maximum in 30 years, according to the report.
In June, New York State Deputies abolished exemptions for religious and personal beliefs about vaccines. Non-vaccinated students have 14 days from the beginning of school to prove that they received the first dose of each immunization.
The Brooklyn epidemic is related to an unvaccinated child infected with the disease while traveling to Israel.