E. coli outbreak sickens 7 and closes Greenwood daycare

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina daycare has agreed to temporarily close after seven cases of E. coli were traced to the center.

The Learning Vine in Greenwood says it is thoroughly cleaning its daycare and has entered an agreement with the Department of Health and Environmental Control on how it will prevent any other cases of the bacteria.

DHEC says its testing has determined that at least four of the seven cases are the same strain. Two people remain in the hospital. The coroner says a 2-year-old died in late May from E. coli bacteria infection, but DHEC says privacy laws won’t let them say if there is a link to the daycare.

The best way to stop E. coli infections is to wash hands and clean surfaces thoroughly.

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