Massachusetts day care center closes after child diagnosed with typhoid fever

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 A Quincy child care center has shut down temporarily after a there child was diagnosed with typhoid fever.

The state Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday that one child who attends the Bright Horizons Daycare in Quincy has come down with the disease.

A spokeswoman for the daycare told New England Cable News the facility was closed Wednesday and Thursday so staff and students who shared a classroom with the ill student could be tested.

It was uncertain as whether Bright Horizons will reopen Friday.

Bright Horizons officials do not believe the child contracted the disease at their center, as the child recently traveled abroad. But since it is food and water borne, they are taking every precaution.

Quincy Health Commissioner Andrew Scheele told The Patriot Ledger that the city’s Health Department is assisting in collecting stool specimens. Authorities will test samples from people involved with the day care to make sure no one else is infected.

Some 5,700 cases of typhoid fever occur in the U.S. per year, and about three-quarters of those are acquired during overseas travel, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms include a high fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, rash and appetite loss. It is treated with antibiotics.

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