Several children hospitalized following possible E. coli outbreakMay 7, 2007 | www.kget.com The Health Department is investigating what may be an e-coli outbreak that has hospitalized several children, mostly from the same Bakersfield school.
Health Director Dr. B.A. Jinadu declined to name the school and said it's not even certain the illnesses are e-coli.
But six kindergarteners are sick, some of them hospitalized with the sometimes fatal disease.
An eighth student is a 10-year-old relative of of one of the kindergarteners.
Jinadu said the investigation so far indicates there is no community danger.
"Unless we get any more information, right now the information we have points to the fact it's pretty much contained to the children who are already sick," said Dr. B.A. Jinadu.
The bacteria is spread by eating contaminated food or from fecal contamination.