Alabama Officials: Food Poisoning at Day Care Likely Cause of 86 Sick Kids

June 26, 2015

Alabama state health officials say food poisoning is the suspected culprit after 86 children became ill at a Montgomery day care.

State Health Officer Don Williamson said Wednesday that health officials have ordered Sunny Side Child Care Center’s two locations to remain closed as they try to determine the organism that made the children ill.

Dozens of children at both centers became sick June 23 with diarrhea, nausea and lethargy. Most of the children were between the ages of 1 and 4.

He said foods the children ate included bologna, chicken and apples.

About 30 children were briefly hospitalized. One remained in the hospital Wednesday.

Williamson said the children are expected to recover.

Williamson said food borne illnesses are not uncommon and the state investigates multiple outbreaks each year.

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