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Central Ohio Parasitic Outbreak Linked To 4-H Dairy Calves

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Cryptosporidiosis is an illness caused by parasites found in soil, food and water and in the dung of infected animals.

Health departments in Clark and Champaign Counties have linked dairy calves brought to the region for youth 4-H projects to an outbreak of a parasitic illness in nearly two dozen people thus far.

The county health departments say they're investigating 23 possible cases of cryptosporidiosis linked to the calves sold to children.

Cryptosporidiosis is an illness caused by parasites found in soil, food and water and in the dung of infected animals. The illness can cause intestinal problems, to include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain.

A Clark County epidemiologist says hydrogen peroxide is the only known disinfectant for killing the cryptosporidiosis parasite.