>Baker City Herald | Baker County Oregon's News Leader

Baker news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow BakerCityHerald.com

Baker City Herald print edition

view all Baker City Herald print publications »

The Baker City Herald is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.

Subscribe


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow ER doctor suspected crypto

Print

ER doctor suspected crypto


By Chris Collins

This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The cryptosporidium contamination of Baker City’s water supply was first identified by an alert emergency room doctor, according to Laura Huggins, a hospital spokeswoman.

The doctor ordered a fecal test, which confirmed the presence of cryptosporidium in the patient’s stool sample.

That’s a typical response from a doctor who is seeing a lot of people coming in to the emergency room with similar signs and symptoms, said Jennifer Krajnik, media relations specialist for St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

“They made the decision to test for cryptosporidium and that’s what they found,” Krajnik said.

Thirteen confirmed cases have been identified and testing has been discontinued at this point, Huggins said.

The city announced Saturday that testing of sample’s taken from the city’s water supply Wednesday confirmed that it contained cryptosporidium.

Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes cryptosporidiosis.

People with suppressed immune systems are advised to seek medical attention if they show symptoms of the waterborne illness, which include watery diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea.

Those symptoms can appear within two to 10 days after being infected with the parasite, Krajnik said.

Those with healthy immune symptoms should recover in one or two weeks, she said.

They are advised to drink plenty of liquids to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Print

blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Submit News
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Columns / Submit a letter
Features
Outdoors / Go Magazine / Milestones / Living Well
Baker Herald
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Privacy Policy / Commenting Policy / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Videos / Local Business Links / Community Links / Weather and Road Cams / RSS Feed

Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use