Six confirmed cases of a serious E. coli infection and four additional "suspected" cases are being looked into by the state Department of Health, according to the Macon County Times.
Most of the six children with confirmed cases have been released from Sumner Regional Medical Center or treated by their family doctor and sent home with their parents. Two children, a girl age three-years and a sixteen month old boy, remain in Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where they are receiving treatment.
It seems as though the outbreak was started with one infected child spreading the bacteria to other children at the center.
The day care center voluntarily closed for the time being as a safety procedure and to make sure everything was thoroughly cleaned and sanitary before children return to avoid the possibility of further infection.
State officials are actively investigating the source of the infection, but the daycare has received good health and safety inspections in the past and has a history of adhering to high standards for the day care industry. The day care facility in Lafayette has been in continuous operation for nearly twenty years.