NORTH QUINCY, Massachusetts (WHDH) – A nursery in North Quincy is closed after officials confirmed that a child had typhoid fever.
The child fell ill after traveling overseas, a Bright Horizons daycare specialist tells 7News.
The nursery learned about the exposure on Tuesday and closed the turnaround. A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said kids and daycare staff are now undergoing tests.
A parent whose daughter visits the daycare said the situation had shaken her.
"It was very scary, very scary," said the woman, who wanted to remain anonymous. "Then you start to google what that is, what it means. I mean, I have a kid, so it's even more dangerous in this age group.
Typhoid is spread through contaminated food and water or through close contact with someone who has it The disease is potentially fatal Symptoms include high fever, stomach pain and sometimes internal bleeding It is treated with antibiotics
Bright Horizons will be reopened once the tests are completed, a center official said, and all parents of children who might be affected were notified, they added.
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