According to the Southtown Star Daily, twenty-one children and one adult have contracted E. coli at a Lemont day care in an outbreak that began earlier this month. The Cook County Health Department has mandated all children and adults at the KinderCare Learning Center, 12404 Archer Ave., be tested for the bacteria. Three children associated with the outbreak – linked to a lack of handwashing – were hospitalized but have since been treated and released. KinderCare has stepped up its efforts to sanitize the center, including adding enhanced cleaning, additional staff to monitor handwashing, and hiring a certified nurse.
Day care E. coli outbreaks are sadly not new. We represented a young child sickened at a California KinderCare, a child in Texas and several children in Missouri.