Apr 9, 2019

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1 big thing: The measles vaccine works

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There's a state of emergency in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio is practically begging residents to get their vaccinations after 285 confirmed cases of measles since the fall.

Why it matters: The world's financial capital has declared a public health emergency in the face of a virus that has a safe and effective vaccine.

  • "This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately," de Blasio said today. "The measles vaccine works. It is safe, it is effective, it is time-tested."
  • 21 cases have put people in the hospital, including 5 who needed intensive care, the N.Y. Times reports.
  • "The majority of the cases have been concentrated in Hasidic communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn."

The big picture: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci just last month told Axios the current outbreak of measles would "certainly" overtake all of last year's cases, and he was right.

What's next: New York is threatening fines of up to $1,000 on individuals in certain areas who don't get their kids vaccinated.

  • “We are absolutely certain we have the power to do this,” de Blasio said today. “This is a public health emergency.”

The bottom line: The spread of measles can be controlled if enough people are vaccinated. The World Health Organization says the magic number is between 93%–95% of people.

Go deeper: Long-term measles vaccine study shows no link with autism — again

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their votes today during Israel's parliamentary elections.

2. What you missed
  1. The International Monetary Fund cut its expectations for global growth from 3.5% to 3.3% — the third downgrade since October.
  2. The Trump administration is telling Texas Tech University to stop considering race during the admissions process, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  3. Lori Loughlin and 15 other parents were indicted today on a new money laundering charge in the college admissions rigging scheme. Go deeper. ... Timeline.
  4. Hateful speech caused YouTube to disable its official live chat for a House Judiciary hearing on the role of social media in the rise of white nationalism and related hate crimes. Details.
3. 1 fun thing

For the "seen everything, been everywhere traveler" in your life: Greece is opening shipwreck sites to divers as underwater museums, the AP reports.

  • "The first of these sites is the Peristera shipwreck, named for the uninhabited Greek island opposite Alonissos where it was discovered in the early 1990s. The cargo ship was laden with thousands of amphoras, or vases, probably containing wine, when it sank in the late 5th century B.C."
  • "Thousands of ancient vases, the vast majority intact, lie in layers. Fish, sponges and other sea creatures have made the amphoras their home, adding color and life to the site. In some places, the cargo towers above divers as they pass along the perimeter of the wreck."

Dive on in.