Springfield Center Reports Illness

5 years 10 months 5 days ago May 18, 2011 May 18, 2011 Wednesday, May 18 2011 Wednesday, May 18, 2011 10:56:39 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD - Officials at a Springfield nonprofit agency that helps people with developmental disabilities are waiting for results of tests taken to determine what illness has sickened several at the facility.

Kendra Williams, administrator of community health and epidemiology at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said swabs taken from the mouths of two children and two adults at
the Developmental Center of the Ozarks have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that nine children and three staff members have gotten sick. Williams said the illness is characterized by mouth sores and sometimes a fever and may be hand, foot and mouth disease, a common viral infection.

The child-care facility at the center is closed this week for cleaning.

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