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New York health officials are warning that dozens of people have become sick from a parasitic infection in the Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods of Boro Park and Williamsburg, according to a report published Wednesday on the BoroPark24.com news site.

Orthodox Jewish news media were told by a New York deputy health commissioner in a conference call Wednesday afternoon that so far, there have been 43 reported cases of cryptosporidiosis, “crypto” for short, a parasitic infection, since the end of July.

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Symptoms of “crypto” include diarrhea, stomachache and low-grade fever. Members of the community were urged to be vigilant about washing hands after using the bathroom, and not to go into a mikvah or a public pool if they are suffering symptoms of the virus.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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