8 cases of E. coli associated with SC daycare, 1 boy dead

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GREENWOOD, S.C. —  Laboratory testing has confirmed seven cases of E. coli associated with a daycare facility in Greenwood, S.C., WHNS reported.

It all started after a 2-year-old boy who attended The Learning Vine developed an E. coli infection. He died from complications after developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a condition that results from the abnormal premature destruction of red blood cells.

Officials at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed seven other cases of E. coli associated with the daycare, which has voluntarily closed.

Two of the seven individuals with confirmed E. coli cases are hospitalized, DHEC said.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

To read the full news release from DHEC, click here.

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