GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Kent County Health Department is confident now that the Cryptosporidiosis outbreak did not begin on school property.
The KCHD has concluded those affected contracted the illness while on a team camp out on Aug. 12, 2016. Exposure to the Cryptosporidium parasite likely came from contact with surrounding surface water or mud.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, the health department was made aware of approximately 30 individuals suffering symptoms of a gastrointestinal illness. All those suffering are involved closely with the Rockford High School varsity football team. Six cases have now been confirmed by lab tests as Cryptosporidiosis.
The illness, also known as Crypto, is a diarrheal disease that is caused by a parasite. The parasite lives in the gut of humans and animals and is shed through feces. Water is the most common method of how the parasite can spread. The disease usually begins within 2-10 days of being exposed to the parasite.
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