Blima Marcus is an oncology nurse and a member of the ultra-Orthodox community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, where the incidence of measles has risen sharply since last fall, as it has in similar enclaves in the New York area: Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Rockland County in upstate New York; and Ocean County in New Jersey. Health officials have confirmed more than two hundred cases associated with the epidemic; the New York State Department of Health has called it the worst outbreak of measles in the state since the late nineteen-eighties.

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