COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Health officials say that as soon as two cases of E. coli were linked to a South Carolina day care center, a full-scale investigation began – but 11 days lapsed between those diagnoses.
Eight people eventually became ill, including a 2-year-old boy who died.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control released details about its investigation Wednesday. State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell says that as soon as the two cases were linked to The Learning Vine center in Greenwood, officials urged testing for children and staff.
The department ordered the center closed until it can assure the facility is cleaned to federal standards. It closed Friday.
Bell says South Carolina sees a few isolated cases of the dangerous strain of E. coli every year, but they’re usually isolated.