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Dallas County investigating possible crypto death

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office is waiting for test results on a 6-year-old North Texas girl whose death this week has been linked in media reports to the parasite cryptosporidium.

An investigator at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office, who would not provide her name, said the office is waiting on further toxicology and tissue testing.

“It’s still pending,” the woman said. “It’s not been ruled on.”

She said it could be weeks before the investigation is complete. Officials at the Dallas County Health and Human Services could not confirm the case.

Tarrant County health officials have linked 67 cases this summer to the parasite. Those people were infected after swimming in Burger' lake in west Fort Worth. The swimming hole was closed for 10 days for treatment, but has reopened.

Crypto can cause painful abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

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