CLARKSTOVN, N.I. (AP) – New York officials have confirmed 68 cases of the goddesses in a county, making it the country's biggest breakthrough in decades.
Journal News reports on the outbreak of the Rockland province from three groups of travelers from Israel, and most affected Orthodox Jewish residents in Novi Square, Monsei and Spring Valley.
Israel is currently experiencing an epidemic of smallpox with more than 1,500 confirmed cases and the death of one child.
Health officials say the affected patients are a mixture of adults, teenagers and children. County officials monitor schools to ensure that children who are not immunized do not attend.
Masons are a very contagious disease. Symptoms include high temperature, cough, rash and red, watery eyes.
The last largest epidemic of smallpox in the country was in 2013 with 58 confirmed cases.