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Typhus was reported at the Quincy day clinic







A child was diagnosed with typhoid this week in Quincy, forcing a temporary closure of a Bright Horizons daycare so teachers could be tested for the disease, a center spokeswoman said Thursday.

Bright Horizons official informed families about the eruption on Tuesday, and the North Quincy Kita closed on Wednesday, said Bright Horizons spokeswoman Bridget Perry. It was closed Thursday.

The child had recently traveled abroad, she said.

"It is recommended that all teachers who came into contact with the child be tested, so the center is closed because of the number of teachers tested," Perry said.

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A spokeswoman for the State Department of Health confirmed that a case of typhoid fever had been found at the Quincy Day Care Center.

"The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working with Bright Horizons and the Quincy Public Health Department to prevent the spread of the disease," said spokeswoman Ann Scales.

She said that some typhoid cases are found every year in Massachusetts. The department counted 20 cases last year.

More than 1

0 day care experts are currently being tested, a process that will take several days, Perry said.

The state health department was at the scene Thursday, said Chris Walker, spokesman for the Quincy mayor's office

The State Department for Early Education and Care is working with Bright Horizons and the State Health Department "on the health and safety of children in the program in accordance with state requirements, "said spokeswoman Kathleen Hart

She said the program, at One Enterprise Drive, would remain closed until further notice.

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhi, which can be found in food or water outside of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said that an estimated 5,700 typhoid cases occur in the United States each year, with 75 percent of them internationally acquired while traveling.

It can lead to high fever – up to 103 or 104 degrees Fahrenheit – abdominal pain, headache, loss of appetite and sometimes rashes, according to the CDC. It is treated with antibiotics.

Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama .


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