One New York City student with measles sickened 21 people amid outbreak

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By Elisha Fieldstadt

A student who contracted measles has infected 21 other people with ties to a Jewish school in New York City, according to health officials. The incident comes amid a measles outbreak in Brooklyn that has sickened more than 100 people.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says 133 cases of measles have been reported since the outbreak began in October.

The majority of the people infected reside in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park and Williamsburg.

The first case reported was a child who was unvaccinated and contracted measles while on a trip to Israel, according to the health department.

In December, the health department issued a mandatory directive that schools in selected zip codes in Borough Park and Williamsburg exclude students who had not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines.