A church in central Florida has been forced to cancel its annual Christmas service after officials discovered a young girl had been exposed to the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
The Associated Press reports the Christian Community of St. John the Evangelist of Central Florida announced Friday that it would be holding its Christmas services at the church in Tampa for a holiday that began in 1917 and is now celebrating in 2020.
The organization said in a statement that the child had been the victim of a serious case of measles and that it had been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how best to ensure the child is protected from the contagious disease.
The decision came after officials in the Tampa area learned that a small number of people were being exposed to infectious materials during a holiday visit by a church member to a Florida child who is a member of the Jehovah Witnesses.
Officials said the child who was exposed to measles was not contagious.
The child’s family contacted authorities and the child was taken to a hospital where she was evaluated for the disease.