Measles confirmed in 15 states, outbreaks declared in five

States where medical philosophical or religious exemptions are available

The Rockland announcement follows measles outbreaks in California, Illinois, Texas and Washington and is part of a global resurgence of the viral infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most of those infected in the outbreak have been children.

"There will not be law enforcement or deputy sheriffs asking for vaccination records".

The county is experiencing NY state's longest measles outbreak since the disease was declared officially eliminated from the U.S.in 2000. In Rockland County, the outbreak has largely affected ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, which have ties to communities in the Willamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods in Brooklyn, where outbreaks have also occurred.

In effect as of Wednesday at midnight, the new rule in Rockland County states that any unvaccinated individual under the age of 18 is not permitted in "a place where more than 10 persons are meant to congregate", according to a news release published Tuesday. Children who are current with the vaccine schedule but not fully vaccinated against measles because they are not old enough are exempt from the order.

The anti-vaxxer movement has gained momentum over recent years, but, as some parents choose not to get their children vaccinated, it's the community as a whole that faces the consequences.

"The goal of this is not to put people in jail", Day said.

Right now, less than 73 percent of people under 18 have been vaccinated against measles in Rockland County, Day said.

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Day also said he believed the ban was an unprecedented step in the USA, reported the AP.

"We must not allow this outbreak to continue", County Executive Ed Day said during a news conference.

"Our health inspectors have been hung up on and told not to call again".

In Rockland County, about 40 miles from Manhattan, there have been more than 150 confirmed cases, according to county health officials.

"This type of response is unacceptable and irresponsible".

"Adults or parents who are unsure if they or their children have been fully vaccinated should check with their GP and make an appointment to receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine". Public health officials are likely keeping a close eye on Rockland County's latest order to see how well it works. "Just to be clear, this is not something we're looking to do". You bet. Get the vaccination.

"This is a public health crisis and it is time to sound the alarm".

Though measles was declared eradicated from the United States in 2000, outbreaks have been cropping up in certain pockets of the country where vaccine fears run high, fuelled by disproven claims that vaccines cause autism.

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