Transcript for New York City mandates vaccinations, issues fines amid spike in measles cases
Meantime, here in New York City tonight, authorities have declared a public health emergency amid this alarming spike in the number of measles cases. Some families, in fact, with this emergency, could now face fines of up to $1,000. So, why are so many communities across this country suddenly facing a measles scare? Here's ABC's erielle reshef tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a public health emergency in New York City, after that rapid spike in cases of the measles. We have a situation now where children are in danger. Reporter: Officials mandating vaccines and issuing fines up to $1,000 for anyone who doesn't comply. Drastic measures to curb a dangerous virus now surging at near record levels, 465 cases in 19 states. Measles hot spots across the country from Washington state, where they handed out free vaccines, to areas of Michigan, where some schools have told unvax noted students to stay most cases in New York, clustered in an ultra orthodox jewish neighborhood, where vaccination rates are low. We've worked to make sure that vulnerable people are kept safe during this outbreak and to challenge the dangerous misinformation that is being spread by a group of anti-vaxxers. Reporter: David, experts say the meezles is one of the most contagious diseases. Here in New York, 21 people have been hospitalized, five in intensive care. David? Erielle, thank you. In the meantime, we're going
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