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Massachusetts Day Care Center closes after the child is diagnosed with typhoid fever



A Quincy childcare center was temporarily closed after a child was diagnosed with typhoid fever.

The State Department of Health confirmed Thursday that a child visiting the Bright Horizons daycare center in Quincy has contracted the disease

A nursery spokeswoman told New England Cable News that the facility is closed Wednesday and Thursday so that staff and students who shared a classroom with the sick student could be tested.

It was uncertain if Bright Horizons would reopen on Friday

Bright Horizons officials do not believe that the child at their center has contracted the disease because the child recently traveled abroad. But since it's food and water, they take all the precautions.

Quincy Health Commissioner Andrew Scheele told Patriot Ledger that the city's Department of Health is helping collect stool samples. The authorities will test samples from people involved in day care to make sure no one else gets infected.

There are approximately 5,700 cases of typhoid fever each year in the United States, approximately three-quarters of which are acquired during overseas travel to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptoms include high fever, weakness, stomach pain, headache , Rash and loss of appetite. It is treated with antibiotics.


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