1 child dead, 3 sickened by E.coli in Vancouver Wash. - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

1 child dead, 3 sickened by E.coli in Vancouver Wash.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The Clark County health officer says one child has died and three others fell ill after a recent outbreak of E. coli at a Vancouver day care center.

Dr. Alan Melnick did not immediately identify or provide any details Friday on the child who died. Elizabeth Winter of the Washington state Department of Early Learning tells The Oregonian the child was a 4-year-old boy and says the department was notified of his death on Friday.

Four children in all were hospitalized; Melnick says the other three have been released.

Melnick says the first child was hospitalized on March 19 and three others soon after. County public health officials temporarily closed the home-based, licensed day care center operated by Dianne and Larry Fletch on April 2. Winter says the day care has operated since 1990 and has had no complaints filed against it. Larry Fletch told The Columbian the family was preparing a statement.

Health officials say they don't know the precise source of the outbreak but say it did not appear related to food, water or another single source. E. coli bacteria occurs naturally in the digestive tract of humans and other animals. It can sicken people and cause deadly side effects.

 

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