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Officials trying to contain a measles outbreak in a county north of New York City on Tuesday ordered all unvaccinated people exposed to the disease barred from public gathering places, including houses of worship, for up to three weeks.
The order, issued by Rockland County, comes one day after New York City closed a preschool over non-compliance with measles vaccine requirements.
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Both the county and city are struggling to contain a swelling number of measles cases centered in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods while battling lawsuits over their efforts to require vaccinations.
Rockland County issued its order three days ahead of the start of Passover, when many families travel to be together and gather in synagogues.
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'Need we wait for someone to die?' Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in announcing the measure.
New York City's Board of Health will vote Wednesday on whether to extend an emergency declaration last week ordering mandatory vaccinations in four Brooklyn ZIP codes.
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Health officials have confirmed 329 cases of measles in the city and 184 cases in Rockland since the outbreak of the highly contagious disease began in October.
After announcing the vaccination order on April 9, the city took the step Monday of closing the preschool portion of a private Jewish school because the school had failed to turn over vaccination and attendance records.
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'This is about protecting kids and it's also about protecting some adults, including pregnant women, folks who are going through medical treatment like chemotherapy, some senior with compromised health conditions,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a TV interview. 'Measles is very, very serious.'
Also on Monday, a group of parents filed a lawsuit against the vaccination order, arguing it was 'arbitrary, capricious, contrary to law and in violation of petitioners' rights under the United States Constitution and New York State law.'
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