Health Department closes daycare for not complying amid measles outbreak

The city’s Health Department on Monday shut down a Williamsburg child care program for repeatedly refusing to turn over medical and attendance records amid the ongoing measles outbreak.

The extraordinary closure of the United Talmudical Academy program at 75 Ross St. came just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency by ordering mandatory vaccinations in neighborhoods covering four Brooklyn zip codes, including Williamsburg.

Officials said 23 yeshivas and day care programs have already received Notices of Violation for not following the order.

As part of the emergency, schools and child care programs also had to turn over medical and vaccination records on request by the Health Department — which the city charged UTI refused to do.

“This outbreak will continue to worsen, and the case count will grow if child care programs and schools do not follow our direction,” warned Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

Officials said 44 additional cases turned up since the emergency order was issued last week, bringing the total to 329 — mostly in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

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