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Measles outbreak has some states rethinking religious exemptions

Governor Cuomo: Health concerns trump exemptions
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Posted at 7:07 AM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 07:07:42-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The number of measles cases across the country is on the rise.

New numbers out from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that 60 more people are infected with the deadly disease, 52 of which are here in New York State.

So, now with more than 700 cases of measles in the books, Governor Andrew Cuomo says public health concerns should trump religious exemptions.

“As governor of New York, I’m also concerned about the public health,” says Cuomo, “You cannot endanger your child’s health or my child’s health.”

State lawmakers have called for an end to religious exemptions for vaccinations amid the outbreak.

Cuomo says he understands the religious concerns connected to the issue, but said it should be set aside given the measles outbreak.