A county in New York is taking drastic measures in an effort to prevent a full-blown measles outbreak. The suburb has just banned all unvaccinated children from public places to prevent further infection.
Rockland County recently declared a state of emergency after the county had hundreds of cases of measles. To prevent further infection, the suburb is banning unvaccinated children from schools, places of worship, and shopping malls. This means that kids who haven’t been given the necessary shots will be banned from those areas for up to 30 days. However, the ban will be lifted as soon as the children get the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
Children must get vaccinated before being allowed in public places.
It’s a shocking decision that has been questioned by many parents. However, County Executive Ed Day insists it is necessary to stop the spread of the disease. Day released a statement regarding the ban:
“We will not sit idly by while children in our community are at risk. This is a public health crisis, and it is time to sound the alarm.”
Day also revealed that the county inspectors are met with resistance when trying to contact possibly infected individuals. Nevertheless, he continues to call on the residents to reconsider their decision not to vaccinate.
“Our inspectors have begun to meet resistance from those they are trying to protect. They have been hung up on or told not to call again. They’ve been told, ‘We’re not discussing this, do not come back’ when visiting the homes of infected individuals as part of their investigations.
“This type of response is unacceptable and irresponsible. It endangers the health and well-being of others and displays a shocking lack of responsibility and concern for others in our community. This is an opportunity for everyone in their community to do the right thing.”
More people are choosing not to vaccinate their children, leading to measles outbreaks.
It is still unclear if the new rule will continue in Rockford County after the initially announced 30 days. However, Day continues to call on parents to vaccinate their children as preventative measures.
“We must do everything in our power to end this outbreak and protect the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and for the children too young to be vaccinated.”
Rockford County has documented a staggering 153 cases of measles in the past few months.
New Zealand School Bans Muslim Students From Wearing Hijab
“All parents sign up to the uniform policies when they join the school,” the principal defended.
A private school in New Zealand recently become the center of controversy after banning hijabs among their Muslim students. According to reports, the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland has allegedly told Muslim pupils that wearing headscarves a not allowed.
Measles Brought Back To Costa Rica By Unvaccinated French Tourist
The health ministry is currently scrambling to find people who may have been infected by the young boy.
Five years ago, Costa Rica declared that it is free of measles. However, it only took one unvaccinated young tourist to bring the disease back to the country. A young French boy visiting with his family is the first case of the disease in Costa Rica since 2014.
The unnamed boy reportedly arrived in Costa Rica on February 18. He and his mother have not received the MMR vaccine when they arrived in the country. According to reports, the five-year-old was taken by his parents to a private doctor complaining about a "rash." However, it was later revealed that other children who had attended the boy's school in France have come down with measles. This means the child may have already been infected by the time he reached Costa Rica.
The boy may have been infected in his school in France because he was not vaccinated.
Saudi Government App That Tracks Women’s Movement Available for Free on iOS and Android
The Absher app allows men to track a female’s travels and more.
Women already have a hard time doing anything in Saudi Arabia. For instance, they aren't allowed to be seen in public without a male escort. However, men have found a new way to make sure that their female relatives will not be able to do anything without being recorded. A new application that tracks a woman's every move is currently being hosted by Apple and Google.
The app called Absher actually serves as an e-government and e-services portal. It makes requesting a passport, birth certificate, vehicle registration, or other documentation much easier. However, the Saudi Interior Ministry-designed app has also been revealed to be used by men to restrict women from crossing borders. In addition to that, men are allowed to restrict a woman's travel options.
Absher is free and readily available both on iOS and Android.