As many as three Stanford Kentucky Elementary School kindergarten students may have contracted E. coli according to the Lincoln County Public Schools. State and local health officials are investigating and have examined the elementary school cafeteria without finding a cause. Two of the 5-year-olds became ill within the last few days and are being treated at University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Three Tennessee children are in the hospital following an E. coli outbreak at a Cocke County daycare facility. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, three children, all of whom attend the same daycare facility in Newport, were diagnosed with E. coli symptoms. The source of the bacteria is currently unknown. State health department officials have not closed the facility, but are continuing to investigate.
The two outbreaks do not appear to be linked.