DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Two middle school aged children have been hospitalized following severe, bloody diarrhea which could possibly be E. coli.
The Davidson County Health Department has received reports of this illness after the children were hospitalized Friday.
Both of the children have Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a serious complication often caused by E. coli infection. Both of the children attend Tyro Middle School in Lexington, but the source of the infection is unknown at this time.
A hotline has been open for anyone who may have questions about the incident. After 2 p.m., please call 336-242-2300, select the #8 prompt to leave a message and someone will call you back.
“Our sincerest sympathies go out to the families of these two students who have experienced illness”, says Monecia Thomas, Davidson County Health Department Health Director. “Our goal in this is to inform the public, reduce the spread of the infection to others, and identify any other cases.”
E. coli are naturally occurring bacteria that normally live in the intestines of people and animals.
While most E. coli are harmless, the shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC ) type identified is very infectious and can easily cause illness.
Symptoms may include acute diarrhea, including bloody diarrhea, vomiting, severe abdominal cramps, low-grade fever.
If your child or an adult in the family has the symptoms listed above, please contact your medical provider and share the information in this notification with them.
Your medical provider may consider testing, especially for those vulnerable populations, such as the very young and the elderly.
Early medical attention can help minimize the severity, so it is essential that people with E. coli infection receive early medical attention.
A person who is ill with E. coli infection may transmit the disease to others.
NOTE: The Davidson County Health Department told FOX8 on Sunday that E. Coli was confirmed in one student. The health department has since said it is not confirmed.