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<I>E. coli</I> outbreak kills a child and sickens three others

April 13, 2010

VANCOUVER, WA — A strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) circulating around a daycare facility sickened three children and killed another, according to Justice News Flash.

Fletch Family Daycare has been temporarily shut down so the facility can be properly cleaned and disinfected as to not risk the infection spreading to others, the story stated.

After the O157:H7 E. coli strain was identified, the Clark County Department of Public Health conducted an investigation that found Fletch Family Daycare''s hygienic practices were acceptable, the story noted.

Although the exact cause for the outbreak has not yet been identified, some speculate that the bacteria could have been spread by caretakers failing to properly wash their hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, the story added.
According to a representative for Fletch Family Daycare, every family that had a child in Fletch Family Daycare has committed to returning when the center is allowed to reopen.

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