State investigates E.coli cases at daycare

Source of Article:  http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=9160858&nav=menu227_8

Associated Press - October 10, 2008 5:14 PM ET

MIDDLETON, Idaho (AP) - State health officials say they are investigating how five children who attend the same Middleton daycare facility each tested positive for E.coli.

Southwest District Health officials confirmed the positive tests Friday. Investigators have yet to determine a common link to the source of the bacteria.

But health officials say the form of E.coli contracted in the last few days by the children, all under age three, can cause serious illness. So far, none of the children have been hospitalized.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Tripp says the agency is working closely with administrators at the daycare, known as Little Legs, to make sure staff is following strict hygiene standards for hands washing and sanitizing surfaces.

The daycare will not allow children to return to the facility until it can be proven they are free of the bacteria.

 

 

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