There is no question that when we drop our children off at daycare each morning, we are putting a lot of trust in the daycare operator to do everything possible to prevent any injuries. Injuries at daycare facilities can happen in a variety of ways. Some cases involve a child not being properly supervised while eating or drinking, and the child chokes on the food. Other cases involving inattentive daycare staff allowing children to bite or otherwise assault each other. There are also many cases involving foodborne illness.
According to a recent report from WBTW News 13, officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Controls (DHEC) has just confirmed an eighth case of E. coli, which has been traced to a now-closed daycare in Greenwood. While there are more cases possible, there has been one confirmed death of a child as result of an E. coli infection from the suspect daycare facility.
One of the owners of the daycare facility made a public statement, saying they volunteered to close the business as soon as the source of the outbreak was confirmed, and they have been working hard to clean and sterilize the building. DHEC officials say they have not identified how the E. coli strain became introduced to this particular daycare, but they are aware that four of the eight cases involved the same exact strain of E. coli bacteria. Some of the E. coli victims worked at the daycare facility, and the remaining victims were children enrolled at the center.
As our Spartanburg daycare injury attorneys understand, E. coli, is a bacteria that is normally present in the intestines of healthy people and many animals. While most strains of E. coli are not harmful to humans, and many others will only cause mild diarrhea, some of the more harmful strains of E. coli are extremely harmful to humans and can cause severe stomach cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, and vomiting.
While most healthy adults will recover in around a week from even the most severe strains of E. coli, elderly patients, those with compromised immune systems, and small children frequently experience far more severe symptoms of the illness, including kidney failure and even death.
It is possible to get E. coli from undercooked meat or unpasteurized dairy products, but one of the most common ways in which E. coli is spread is through an infected person not washing his or her hands.
Since immediate treatment is helpful in preventing serious illness or death, it is helpful to be able to recognize the symptoms in adults and children. The most concerning strain of E. coli is O157:H7, and patients who ingest this bacteria will typically become infected between three and four days after initial exposure. However, it is possible for some patients to become sick the day following initial exposure. Patients who become infected with this strain of E. coli will typically suffer diarrhea ranging from mild to bloody and severe, nausea and vomiting, and adnominal cramping or tenderness. Not every patient will experience all of these symptoms, even in the worst cases.
Contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
One child dead, 8th E. Coli case linked to SC day care, June 9, 2015, WBTW News 13
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