2 pregnant women among those affected by measles outbreak

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WILLIAMSBURG -

Startling new numbers in the measles epidemic were released by the city Wednesday, showing that 390 people in the city have been infected, including two women who are pregnant.

The city Health Department says during a past outbreak, one pregnant woman who had measles gave birth to a baby with the infection. Another woman had a miscarriage.

The outbreak has continued despite efforts by the city to stem it, including a vaccination order that went into effect nearly two weeks ago. Several schools have been shuttered and parents fined.

The city has now updated its guidelines for children. They're recommending an extra dose of the MMR vaccine for children between 6 months and 4 years old who are in affected areas like Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park.

They also say Orthodox Jewish children from 6 to 11 months old should get an extra dose, even if they live elsewhere.

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