2 Hospitalized, 70 Exposed After E. Coli Outbreak at Washington School
A Washington private school for young children has been forced to shut its doors as health officials investigate an E. coli outbreak that has left two preschoolers hospitalized and possibly exposed an additional of 10 staff members and 60 children.
Details of the E. Coli Outbreak
According to FoxNews Health, the Snohomish Health District has had to close the Monroe Montessori School, in Monroe, in order to prevent the further spread of E. coli.
People who are elderly, immunosuppressed, or young are more susceptible to having complications infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states.
The school’s website points out that it has preschool, kindergarten and elementary classes.
It has been reported by the that the two hospitalized children are in fact girls. One of the girls is said to be suffering from kidney complications.
Heather Thomas, spokeswoman for Snohomish Health District mentioned that it is unclear as to whether the bacteria is spreading at the school, and that the objective of their investigation is to find out.
About E. Coli
The following information was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- E. coli (Escherichia coli) are a diverse group of bacteria often present in the digestive tract. While most strains are harmless, some can result in serious illness.
- Symptoms of E. coli are as followed: stomach cramping, nausea, diarrhea and bloody stool.
- Some strains of E. coli can result in a life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is characterized by fatigue and potential kidney failure.