Powell County student diagnosed with E. coli


POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A letter posted on the Powell County Schools website Friday revealed a student has been diagnosed with shiga-toxin producing E. coli.

According to the Powell County Health Department can cause a severe bacterial infection of the intestines.

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A notice was sent to parents of child sharing a class with the diagnosed student.

School officials are working with the Powell County Health Department as well as health care providers and state health department officials.

The diagnosed child’s classroom was disinfected by custodians.

Children who develop symptoms will be sent home and not allowed to return to without a note from a doctor, the health department days.

They say E. coli symptoms include watery or bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever and that it may be 10 days before symptoms begin manifesting.