The number of reported illnesses possibly linked to the park is now 3,869 cases in 35 counties. The most common symptoms reported are diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache and loss of appetite. There have been 612 confirmed cases of cryptosporidium reported to the state health department to date. Those who are experiencing gastrointestinal illness should contact their medical provider and their local health department immediately.
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Novello is specifically recommending that the following precautions be taken by school officials, teachers, parents and students to help prevent further spread of illness from this outbreak in the school setting. These precautions also apply to the general public.
-- The school nurse should reinforce the need for students and staff to report any gastrointestinal illness to the nursing office at the first sign of such.
-- Students and staff who are experiencing gastrointestinal illness should stay home from school until symptoms resolve.
-- Students and staff should thoroughly wash hands after using the restrooms and before handling food for themselves or others.
-- Elementary grade students may need verbal reminders or staff supervision when washing hands.
-- Schools should ensure that there are adequate supplies of liquid soap and paper towels for handwashing. Since waterless hand cleansers are not as effective in removing the cryptosporidium parasite from hands, soap and water are the preferred method for hand washing.
-- Schools should ensure restroom cleanliness is maintained.
Source: New York State Department of Health