A Massachusetts daycare remains closed only days after a child has been diagnosed with typhoid, a potentially life-threatening disease.

Bright Horizons Children Daycare was informed Tuesday that a student who visited the center of Quincy, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with the disease, said Bright Horizons spokeswoman Bridget Perry

MassLive reports Bright Horizons officials said the child was recently inducted Traveled abroad; Officials do not believe that the child put the disease at the center.

The daycare closed on Friday while the teachers were being tested, Perry told USA TODAY.

In the United States, typhoid fever was common prior to the invention of public sewer systems, according to the National Institutes of Health.

According to Mayo Clinic, the disease can spread through contact with human waste or contaminated water. An infected person can spread the disease by touching food if that person has not carefully washed their hands after using the toilet.

Most current US cases come from overseas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The following should you know about typhoid after the CDC:

  • What is typhoid? It is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease caused by bacteria. It usually shows with a persistent fever of 103 to 104 degrees.
  • How common is it? There are approximately 5,700 cases per year in the United States, of which approximately 400 are confirmed by a laboratory.
  • How serious is it? Worldwide, an estimated 200,000 people die from the disease each year. Almost all of them are outside the United States.
  • How does it spread? You can get typhoid fever by eating or drinking drinks that have been treated by a person with the disease. It can also spread through sewage.
  • How can you prevent typhus? If you are traveling to a country where typhoid fever is common, it is best to vaccinate yourself against the disease, although vaccinations are not fully effective. Practicing food safety, such as avoiding risky foods and boiling water before you drink it, are other ways to prevent typhus.

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