Missouri day care centers hit with diarrheal illness

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 4:40 p.m. CDT

CLAYTON — St. Louis County health officials are urging precautions after a recent outbreak of a diarrheal illness known as crypto, with many of the cases involving children at day care centers.

Health officials said Wednesday that 18 new cases have been identified in the past week, and 56 so far this year. That compares to 10 cases during the same period in 2009.

The full name of the bacterial illness is . It is spread through contact with infected feces, often in swimming pools and day care centers.

In addition to diarrhea, symptoms can include vomiting, weight loss and a low-grade fever. Those with symptoms are encouraged to see a health care provider immediately.


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