Local & Regional
8:01 am
Fri June 3, 2011

E-Coli in Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Four children in Tulsa are ill with e-coli. Three of the four are enrolled at the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church Day Care. The Health Department has visited the school and found no source for the e-coli.

The fourth child is a sibling of one of the other three. Officials think it may have started with that child, but they are unsure how.

News Release from Church:

Boston Avenue Church's preschool director was contacted yesterday by the Tulsa Helath Department and informed about two confirmed and two suspected cases of E.Coli, and that three of those children are students in our Weekday Preschool. Our preschool is a common link, but is not the only one that has been identified. Our first concern is for the health and safety of these children and all children in our care. We immediately agreed to cooperate fully in any investigation needed, informed our preschool parents about the cases, and shared information with them about symptoms to be aware of in their own children. Today, the Health Department investigators have toured all of our classrooms and kitchen and interviewed our teachers. At this time, they have found no reasons for concern. The investigation is ongoing. As a state licensed preschool, our Weekday School is inspected every three months by Oklahoma Health Department officials. We have never had a non-compliance citation regarding a health or cleanliness issue. Our Weekday Preschool director is nationally certified, and works diligently to ensure that all children in our care are nurtured and educated in a safe, clean enivronment. We pray that the source of the outbreak will be identified quickly, that the children who have been involved will recover quickly and completely.