North Quincy daycare center closes after child is diagnosed with typhoid fever

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The day care center has not been shuttered by any state agency.

Scales said, "Typically, we keep the case out from the school or daycare while contagious, and we test other students and staff who may have been exposed to stool culture". Children at the day care center range from young infants to 5 year olds.

A Quincy, Massachusetts day care center was closed for two days earlier this week after one of the children developed 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".

Upon learning of the child's illness, the child care center's officials opted to close their facilities while the staff and children who shared a classroom with the sick child are undergoing testing, and will only reopen once testing has been completed. Evidently, the child contracted the disease while traveling overseas, though there is no word on exactly where the child traveled to. "I mean, I have an infant, so it's even more risky in that age range", a parent of another child at the child care center told local news.

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

The symptoms of typhoid include a fever between 103F to 104F, a headache, stomach pain, and constipation or diarrhoea.

The letter also informed parents that, in order to remain in the daycare, their children must submit a stool specimen to public health officials by Monday, May 14, even if they are not feeling ill, "to make sure they are not carrying the germ that causes typhoid fever".

Typhoid fever is a bacterial disease caused by Salmonella typhi. The disease is generally transmitted by food or water and can be treated with antibiotics.

WBZ-TV's Dr. Mallika Marshall said typhoid fever is rare in the United States.

Typhoid fever is spread by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is shedding Salmonella Typhi or if sewage contaminated with Salmonella Typhi bacteria gets into the water you use for drinking or washing food.

MA saw 20 cases past year, Scales said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 5,700 cases of typhoid fever occur in the USA per year, and about three-quarters of those are acquired during overseas travel.