The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced that laboratory tests have identified Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin in several food products served at a child-care centre in Montgomery, where at least 86 children became ill last week.
More than 300 children attended one of two facilities operated by the Sunnyside Child-Care Centre and those who became sick were treated in hospitals for gastrointestinal symptoms. Testing of clinical samples for norovirus has shown no positive results, but tests for other pathogens are on-going.
Public health officials have inspected the kitchen used to prepare meals for the Centre and collected a number of environmental and food samples. The kitchen has been closed while the investigation continues and cleaning and prevention measures are implemented.
The Alabama Department of Public Health news release about the investigation can be read here.