According to the Mayo Clinic, E. coli is bacteria that “normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals,” and a “few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coli 0157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.” It doesn’t take personal injury lawyers in Greenville to tell you it’s not something that you want in your business, especially when that business is watching children.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) arrived at a Greenwood County daycare last week with reports of several sick children. After laboratory tests were done, it was found that all seven children were infected with E. coli.
To keep the bacteria quarantined the DHEC closed the daycare, something the facility fully co-operated with. The DHEC also took many other precautions including an inspection of the entire facility, thoroughly cleaning the building, collecting samples, and starting a hotline to help those who were affected.
Unfortunately, tragedy had already struck. A two-year-old passed away from kidney failure related to the E. coli. Frighteningly, the source of the E. coli outbreak hasn’t been discovered, but some of the most common ways to acquire the bacteria are through ground beef, unpasteurized milk, and fresh produce like spinach and lettuce.
When infected by E. coli, illness could occur as soon as a day or take as long as a week. Also remember, that young children, the elderly, and those who have a weakened immune system are at the highest risk for serious complications from infection.
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