Jay Dow from CBS Channel 2 reported the tragedy of a young student’s death.
What’s unclear, however, is how the boy contracted the bacteria. State health officials say the Jackson Avenue School nurse sent the boy home sick on June 13, but he did not have diarrhea or a fever. That’s important because health officials say E. coli is typically transmitted when those symptoms are present. E. coli is spread when people swallow the bacteria either from eating contaminated food, or from bad hygiene. The incubation period for symptoms is usually 3 to 8 days.
Over the years, we have had several E. coli cases in New Jersey. One involved the tragic death of a young boy and the near deaths of New York and New Jersey children.