Number of confirmed Crypto cases in North Shore grows to 13

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BROWN DEER (WITI) -- The North Shore Health Department has one (1) new case of Cryptosporidium, bringing the total to 13 confirmed cases. In addition, there are two new probable cases for a total of 14.

Ozaukee County leaders say they have their first confirmed case of crypto, and two other probable cases have been discovered. All three are contained to the same family.

"There are two children and one adult," Kirsten Johnson, Director of the Ozaukee County Health Department said.

Officials say at least one family member spent time swimming at the Jewish Community Center, which may link this case to others in the North Shore.

"At this point they`re not being contaminated by a pool but more likely person-to-person within families," Johnson said.

There is no proof crypto was ever in the water, but on Tuesday, the JCC closed, and the pool was cleaned as a precaution.

Meanwhile, officials at the North Shore Health Department have confirmed their own new case of crypto -- along with two probable cases. That means they're dealing with a total of 13 confirmed cases, and an additional 14 suspected.

One of the cases occurred in a student involved in the preschool program located inside the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay.

"People who might come in contact with diapers, fecal matter. It`s not a glamorous thing the way this gets spread," Whitefish Bay Rep. for North Shore Health Department Melissa Ugland said.

While the "Tree of Life" daycare disinfected its toys and other materials on Tuesday night as a precaution, managers say no other children have exhibited any symptoms.

North Shore health officials are still investigating where this outbreak originated, and are urging preventative measures.

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.

Officials say there are additional individuals who have recently submitted stool samples. That could increase the number of Crypto cases as a result of person-to-person contact.

Officials with the North Shore Water Commission and Treatment Plant have indicated the water supply remains safe to drink.

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