The ongoing measles outbreak in communities in Brooklyn affecting Williamsburg and Borough Park reminds me of the spread of the disease, Multidrug-resistant TB, which I photographed for @NatGeo as part of a story on Evolutionary biology.
The #Measles cases have also been identified in Midwood/Marine Park and Bensonhurst. Most of the cases have occurred in #Williamsburg and Borough Park.
Students attending a child care program serving the Orthodox community, or pre-K program or grades K-12 in a yeshiva who do not have the required number of doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine must be excluded from school effective immediately including those who are not in compliance with daycare and school MMR vaccine requirements and those with a medical or religious exemption.
This exclusion applies to child cares serving the Orthodox Jewish community and yeshivas in the following zip codes: 11204, 11206, 11205, 11211, 11218, 11219.
To deny science and medical experts and to refuse treatment puts my family and friends and the greater population in 11249 zip in danger.
The above picture is from a Russian Prison which is one of the "hot-spots" of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Infectious disease researchers Nachega & Chaisson report that 10% of the one million prisoners within the system have active TB. In 1997, TB accounted for almost half of all Russian prison deaths, and as Bobrik et al. point out in their public health study, the 90% reduction in TB incidence contributed to a consequential fall in the prisoner death rate in the years following 1997. Baussano et al. articulate that concerning statistics like these are especially worrisome because spikes in TB incidence in prisons are linked to corresponding outbreaks in surrounding communities.
Additionally, rising rates of incarceration, especially in Central Asian and Eastern European countries like Russia, have been correlated with higher #TB rates in civilian populations.
#Herdimmunity is a form of #immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population (or herd) provides a measure of protection for individuals who have not developed immunity. The point is please get your shots!