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Children Tested for Exposure to Parasite

The State | IN BRIEF / SANTA BARBARA

May 24, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Dozens of children at the UC Santa Barbara child-care center are being tested for a raccoon parasite that can cause blindness, brain damage or death.

An 11-month-old fell ill last month with a parasite often found in raccoon feces, and experts believe he may have contracted the extremely rare infection at the campus day-care center.

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