E. coli case leads Edgewood City Schools to close for Thursday

An elementary student who possibly contracted E. coli prompted the Edgewood City School District to close all schools for Thursday.

The district said it is closing the schools “out of an abundance of precaution” after the Butler County Health Department notified the district late Wednesday afternoon that a student at Seven Mile Elementary School potentially tested positive for a form of E. coli, usually linked to contaminated food or drink.

The health department is determining whether anyone else has been infected.

The district said in a letter to parents, staff and students that it is extensively cleaning the elementary school this evening, and that extra cleaning will happen Thursday at the other buildings.

E. coli symptoms

Symptoms vary, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some people may have a fever, which is usually less than 101 degrees. Most get better within five to seven days. Some infections are mild but others are severe or even life-threatening.
— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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