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Published On: Fri, Oct 4th, 2013

North Shore Milwaukee ‘crypto’ outbreak climbs to 17 confirmed cases

In a follow up to a report earlier this week, the cryptosporidium outbreak in areas of northern suburban Milwaukee has grown to 17 confirmed cases as the North Shore Health Department reported an additional two cases today.

Cryptosporidium Life Cycle/CDC

Cryptosporidium Life Cycle/CDC

Health officials say more stool samples are being analyzed and expect the outbreak total to grow.

The North Shore Water Commission and Treatment Plant has confirmed that the drinking water is safe.

The North Shore Health Department indicates it is focusing on preventing the spread of Crypto. Officials say it is important to thoroughly wash your hands, especially after using the restroom or changing a diaper. Anyone who has experienced any diarrhea should not swim for a minimum of 14 days after their last episode of diarrhea — to help prevent the spread of Crypto.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cryptosporidium may be found in soil, food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces from infected humans or animals. Crypto can be spread:

  • By putting something in your mouth or accidentally swallowing something that has come in contact with the stool of a person or animal infected with Crypto.
  • By swallowing recreational water contaminated with Crypto. Recreational water can be contaminated with sewage or feces from humans or animals.
  • By swallowing water or beverages contaminated by stool from infected humans or animals.
  • By eating uncooked food contaminated with Crypto. All fruits and vegetables you plan to eat raw should be thoroughly washed with uncontaminated water.
  • By touching your mouth with contaminated hands. Hands can become contaminated through a variety of activities, such as:
    • touching surfaces (e.g., toys, bathroom fixtures, changing tables, diaper pails) that have been contaminated by stool from an infected person,
    • changing diapers,
    • caring for an infected person, and
    • handling an infected cow or calf.

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