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North Carolina has Two in Hospital with E. coli

The Davidson County Health Department has received reports of two middle school students who have been diagnosed with apparent E. coli, officials announced Saturday.

According to a news release from the Davidson County Health Department, it has received reports of two middle school students who have been hospitalized with a recent history of severe, bloody diarrhea.

“Our sincerest thoughts go out to the families of these two students who have experienced illness,” said Monecia Thomas, Davidson County Health Department health director. “We want the community to know that if they have been sick during the month of December with severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, to please call the Davidson County Health Department at 242-2300 and if you are still sick, to please seek medical care.”

Both of the hospitalized students have Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a serious complication often caused by E. coli infection. A spokeswoman with the health department confirmed to The Dispatch that the students are from Tyro Middle School.