MA day care center closes after child diagnosed with typhoid fever

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In a statement, the state Department of Early Education and Care said it received notification on May 8 from Bright Horizons of a case of typhoid fever in a child at their Quincy program. Students and staff who shared a classroom with the child are being tested for potential exposure. Children at the day care center range from young infants to 5 year olds.

A day care center in North Quincy, Mass., was closed on Wednesday and Thursday after a child came down with a case of typhoid fever.

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

The Public Health Department of the state said that the staffs as well as children at the Bright Horizons, a day-care and pre-school center in North Quincy, where the child's typhoid fever case was confirmed, are presently going through tests for the condition. "We were told that the child traveled overseas recently".

But since it is food and water borne, they are taking precautions. The disease is usually characterized by symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain, general weakness, constipation or diarrhea, and a fever that could start out low, but progressively become higher, with temperatures that could reach as high as 104.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Caused by the bacteria Salmonella Tyhpi, typhoid is a potentially life-threatening illness that only lives in humans.

Typhoid is a unsafe disease for children that can lead to alarmingly high fevers and, sometimes, death happened and this fever is highly contagious.

A letter to parents from the state public health department stated: "A toddler in your child's class has been diagnosed with typhoid fever, a diarrheal illness caused by bacteria called Salmonella Typhi". It's worth noting that the infection may be passed from one person to another, and that even if the symptoms are gone, a patient may still be carrying Salmonella typhi.

While typhoid fever is quite common in other parts of the world, in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and western Europe, it is actually quite rare. The district's statement also echoed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's general advisory on typhoid fever and encouraged students to get vaccines before they travel to emerging countries. Worldwide, there are 22 million cases and 200,000 deaths related to typhoid fever each year.

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