The Cost Of Measles

By Darius Rafieyan

As a measles epidemic continues to spread, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a state of emergency and mandated residents of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg at the center of the outbreak to get vaccinated for the viral disease. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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New York City is grappling with a measles outbreak. There have been 283 reports of measles in Brooklyn alone, compared to more than 500 nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency last week, requiring people living in parts of Brooklyn to get vaccinated.

Measles can cause serious long-term harm, to individuals and to the economy. On today’s show, we examine how high the costs can go, and where they are incurred.

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Source:: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/04/15/713645707/the-cost-of-measles?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr