MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Public Health is now investigating reports of widespread illness after 86 children, all sharing similar symptoms, were seen at three Montgomery hospitals. The children attended two different day care centers in the area.
Thirty children were hospitalized with symptoms of lethargy, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. All but one child has been discharged.
The Bureau of Clinical Laboratories is processing various clinical and environmental samples collected from the day care centers. The investigation also requires detailed questionnaires.
It all started on June 23, when a concerned parent reported the potential outbreak to the Health Department.
A kitchen at the Sunnyside Child Care Center has recently been closed for the investigation. The kitchen prepares meals for more than 300 children who attend the two day care centers.
Parents whose children attended these day care centers and became ill are advised not to use any day care providers as the investigation continues.
“Although we realize this will be inconvenient for families, caution is the appropriate public health prevention measure at this time. We urge all parents to follow guidelines for child care admittance, such as being free of fever and other symptoms for 24 hours before returning to day care,” said State Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson.