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There is an intestinal parasite outbreak in my town, thought to have spread through public swimming pools, and now it is working its way through daycares. It is called cryptosporidium and it causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, low grade fever, and it passed via infected stool.<br><br>
No one in my DS's daycare has it YET, but it is going around at the the Montessori that my DC provider's 6 yr old daughter attends. I am wondering if I should switch over to disposies until it settles down. I just cringe at the thought of potentially infected poop in my washing machine...especially when the chlorine in the city pool couldn't kill it...<br><br>
*edited bc the local paper had some misinformation I had to correct here*
 

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That does not sound pleasant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="disappointed"><br><br>
But, I'm confused - I can see how it would spread via a public pool, but at daycare? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> How do the kids come in contact with infected stool at a daycare? And how would using sposies reduce that contact?
 

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I think it is spreading through daycares due to poor hygiene. We all know kids aren't the best handwashers in the world.<br><br>
I don't think sposies will help prevent it spreading from one kid to another, I am just thinking about it potentially getting into MY washing machine. I just read that "chlorine disinfection of the organism is ineffective, as it has been shown that even one oocyst can withstand pure bleach (50,000 ppm chlorine) for 24 hours and still cause an infection."<br><br>
DS and I both had something similar back in January (they ran all the parasite and bacteria tests on me) that lasted for 3 wks, and it was miserable. Just don't want to do that again...
 

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I am terrified!<br>
(Having spent the evening at Chuck-E-cheese)<br><br>
How horrible is that? I have noticed a bunch of people saying they had similair symptoms.<br>
A am a germ freak! This really freaks me out.<br><br>
Oh and Who poops in the pool???<br>
Thats just nasty! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I see. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"><br><br>
Well - if it was present in your DS's stool to get into the washing machine in the first place, he has it. No getting around it, for him. You might be able to reduce your potential exposure to it by using sposies but IMO, you are still handling poop by changing his diaper regardless, so it is a minimal reduction in risk. If you feel that you run a smaller risk of getting it by using sposies, then go ahead - it is NO FUN taking care of a sick baby at any time, but especially when you are sick too!!<br><br>
I hope you and your family stay healthy!
 

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I am researching this right now, and just came across this...<br><br>
"Oocysts are not killed by typical household disinfectants, including bleach, but are killed at temperatures over 160 F (hotter than most domestic hot tap water). Thorough drying in a clothes dryer will kill oocysts by desicating them."<br><br>
So I guess as long as I dry the diapers, my family would be safe, even if DS picked it up (if I KNEW he had it I would for sure switch to sposies though, I have to admit). But I also just read that a person who contracts this parasite can poop out the oocysts (kind of like egg cases) for MONTHS after no longer showing signs of illness!!!!<br><br>
In 1993, 400,000 people got this parasite in Milwaukee, I think it was in the water supply. EGADS! There were 26 in our town last week, and this weekend it was confirmed at 46 with many more being tested. The life cycle for this critter can be as fast as 10 hrs.<br><br>
My biology students are just gonna love the discussion I have ready for them for tomorrow...Yick....parasites are interesting but nasty....
 

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Dang! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"><br><br>
Yet another reason to **always wash your hands** when going potty! (Our moms were right!)
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by famousmockngbrd</i><br><b>Dang! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"><br><br>
Yet another reason to **always wash your hands** when going potty! (Our moms were right!)</b></td>
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I agree with Jen here...... WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I could really get on a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"> about this b/c basically IT IS OUR FAULT that the germs are getting stronger and stronger and stronger.<br><br>
Can anyone say overuse of antibiotics and increase in required vaccinations?<br><br>
But then, that is ANOTHER FORUM.<br><br>
As far as eliminating it from your wash - yes, I have been reading that the hot water in our washer is rarely the 130 degrees and up that is needed to really kill everyday bacteria, but that the dryer IS effective, for the most part.
 

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Totally agree w/you Heather ! There was an editorial addressing the public's obsession w/antibac. products in Sat. New York Times.<br>
If you get a chance, took a look at it online - it's free but you have to register first.
 

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thx pam, i will <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
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Ug. This discussion is giving me the willies. I just had to go turn my hot water heater up a little more. ICK!<br><br>
Melinda
 

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Lisa-<br>
Are you in Independence, MO?? Is that the right town? I live in OP, Kansas and have heard about an outbreak of this in Independence. Just curious!<br><br>
Jaime
 

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Okay, this is bad, and will show what a hermit I am...<br>
but I'm sitting here reading this thread thinking "You know, I am REALLY glad we homeschool and are lucky enough to keep both kiddos out of daycare..."<br><br>
Granted we do go out and hang out with other families, but somehow my brain is convinced that you get germs from all the people you don't know--not the people you do know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Since I don't have any real suggestions, I'll go back into my cave now :LOL
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by HeatherSanders</i><br><b>I could really get on a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"> about this b/c basically IT IS OUR FAULT that the germs are getting stronger and stronger and stronger.<br><br>
Can anyone say overuse of antibiotics and increase in required vaccinations?<br><br>
But then, that is ANOTHER FORUM.<br><br>
As far as eliminating it from your wash - yes, I have been reading that the hot water in our washer is rarely the 130 degrees and up that is needed to really kill everyday bacteria, but that the dryer IS effective, for the most part.</b></td>
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I agree about the bacteria, but the antibacterial/antibiotics are not to blame this time. This is a protist parasite (kind of like an amoeba or giardia), which to me is really more ick-i-fying.<br><br>
I am making my students do a public awareness project on it this week, they are really really <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> ing out!!!
 

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Thanks Lisa - a little 'constructive correction' is always educational and appreciated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
So, what makes this particular little devil so strong? Why does it need to be? Curious how it came to be the way it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 
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