Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn cancelled after groom has measles

New York Department of Health orders wedding in Williamsburg called off after groom from Antwerp contracts measles.

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Measles positive
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A Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn was cancelled because the groom came down with measles.

The New York City Department of Health ordered the wedding to be called off for Wednesday night in the Williamsburg neighborhood, the Jewish news website VosIzNeis reported, citing one of the musicians who had been hired for the evening.

The Department of Health did not comment on the specific case, citing privacy issues.

The infected groom is from Antwerp, and showed signs of having measles when he landed in New York, the Yeshiva World News reported. It is not known when the wedding will be rescheduled.

There have been 52 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn, with three of the cases brought home by unvaccinated children after a visit to Israel, where there has been an outbreak so far of about 2,000 cases.

There also have been nearly 100 cases of the measles in Rockland County, New York and several cases in Lakewood, New Jersey, two communities with large haredi Orthodox populations.

The New York Department of Health has ordered children who reside in certain zip codes in the heavily Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park and Williamsburg to stay home from school until their immunizations are up to date.




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