UPDATE: Recreational water suspected in Wis. crypto cases

UPDATED Saturday, September 28, 2013 --- 8:43 p.m.

BROWN DEER, Wis. (AP) -- Health officials are looking into whether a recreational water facility in the Milwaukee area is the cause of at least eight illness caused by cryptosporidium.

Jamie Berg of the North Shore Health Department tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/18akXw2) eight cases have been confirmed of the waterborne illness and 12 are suspected in Bayside, Fox Point and Whitefish Bay.

Berg says the investigation has been definitively narrowed to a pool, lake or river. None of the illnesses has required hospitalization.

Berg says the state sees a few Crypto cases each year, but the clustering in this outbreak is not typical.

In 1993, the parasite entered Milwaukee's municipal water supply, leading to the deaths of as many as 100 people and sickening hundreds of thousands more.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013 --- 8:45 p.m.

BROWN DEER, Wis. (AP) -- Health officials confirm several cases of an illness caused by the waterborne parasite cryptosporidium in northern Milwaukee suburbs.

The North Shore Health Department says eight cases of cryptosporidiosis are confirmed in Bayside, Fox Point and Whitefish Bay, and there are also 12 probable cases.

Both children and adults have been affected.

Health officials say the crypto source is not drinking water, but they are looking at pools and lakes.

WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1awtl9e ) reports children at two schools were sent home with letters because students had the illness.

The health department says the cases first started being reported in early September.

Symptoms include stomach cramps and diarrhea.

In 1993, the parasite entered Milwaukee's municipal water supply, leading to the deaths of as many as 100 people and sickening hundreds of thousands more.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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