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July 21, 2016: Two Young Children Hospitalized in Monroe Montessori School E. coli Outbreak

Monroe Montessori School E. coli Outbreak

After an E. coli outbreak hospitalizes two students at the Monroe Montessori School in Monroe Washington, the school has been ordered to close its doors by the local health department.

Child Seriously Ill in Monroe Montessori School E. coli Outbreak

Thus far, two preschoolers have been hospitalized and ten staff members and sixty children have been possibly exposed to the bacteria. Of the two young girls who have been hospitalized with E. coli infection, one is suffering from serious kidney complications.
An E. coli infection kidney complication may refer to a condition known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. This serious and sometimes life-threatening medical condition is characterized by anemia, low platelet count, and renal injury or failure. Blood transfusions and kidney dialysis may be required.


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The Investigation of the Monroe Montessori School E. coli Outbreak

The Snohomish Health District in Washington State is investigating the Washington private school for young children to find the source of the E. coli contamination.

β€œ[The school is] going through and sanitizing the facility and they will be testing all of the children who have been in that facility since July 11, as well as staff,” Heather Thomas, spokeswoman for the Snohomish Health District Thomas told Fox News. According to Thomas, it’s unclear whether the bacteria is spreading at the school, and that their investigation aims to find out.

Symptoms of E. coli Infection

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. There is usually little or no fever. The infection (and its symptoms) will vary from individual to individual, ranging from a mild to a life-threatening illness.

The CDC reports that symptoms of E. coli food poisoning typically begin 3-4 days after eating a contaminated food; however, symptoms may occur anywhere from 1 to 10 days following pathogen exposure.

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