Cases of Crypto reported in Milwaukee’s North Shore

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WHITEFISH BAY (WITI) -- The North Shore Health Department reports there have been eight confirmed cases of Cryptosporidiosis (referred to as Crypto) in Bayside, Fox Point and Whitefish Bay. Officials say there could be 12 possible cases overall.

Health department officials stress, although they have not identified the Crypto source, they know the source is not drinking water.

"We are looking at different recreational facilities in the area such as swimming pools, ponds and rivers," said Jamie Berg of the North Shore Health Department.

As a precaution, the Whitefish Bay High School pool was closed Friday evening, September 27th.

Crypto is a parasitic disease that can cause loose, watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and a slight fever. Officials say it can be spread by swallowing water or food contaminated by human feces. It can also be spread from person to person, especially in settings such as homes and child care centers where diapers are changed regularly.

"It's spread when someone who has Crypto has diarrhea and they don't properly wash their hands after going to the bathroom," explained Berg.

Crypto killed more than 100 people during a North Shore outbreak in 1993. Drinking water was the culprit that time.

"I suffered from it, myself, the last time we had an outbreak," said Mike Sherlock. "I wouldn't wish this on anybody."

If you or anyone in your family have had the symptoms listed above, you're urged to contact your healthcare provider -- and ask to be tested for Crypto. You may also call the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980 to arrange for a stool sample test kit.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Crypto from the CDC