The Syrian Jew Who Saved Israel

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The New York City Health Department has reported six cases of childhood measles in Brooklyn through the first three weeks of October, all of which were found in children from the Jewish community. The city’s health department usually sees four to six cases of measles annually in years when there are no outbreaks, said Susan Craig, a spokeswoman for the department. Recent outbreaks occurred in 2008, when 30 cases were reported, and in 2009, which saw 18 cases. In 2010, only six cases were reported the entire year. This year, however, there have already been 24 cases, though many of them were among travelers, and not city residents. The outbreak in Brooklyn has been speculated to be caused, at least in part, by parents who delay vaccination due to perceived health risks, leaving children vulnerable to catching the disease.