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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 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.


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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.