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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 

Pertussis outbreak in NY's haredi neighborhoods

There's been a whooping cough plague that's affected Haredi communities in NYC:
An outbreak of whooping cough has hit several haredi Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City’s Brooklyn borough.

Some 109 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported in Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Borough Park over the past year, with the number increasing over the past four months, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported.

A handout issued last week in English and Yiddish calls on pregnant women to be vaccinated for the disease.

On average, 200 cases of pertussis are reported across the entire city in a calendar year.

Ninety percent of the reported cases are children and toddlers, and around half of the children affected either were not vaccinated or had not received up-to-date shots, according to an alert sent around New York City’s Health network.
What we have here is a perfect case of irresponsibility on health issues, and there's every chance the community gurus led to this by making their subjects unable to decide for themselves if they should look out for their children's health by getting them medical checks and prescriptions. I hope they're going to at least begin getting them the proper medical checks now.

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