In nearby Montgomery, 86 children were treated at local hospitals with similar illness symptoms. This led to fears of an outbreak among Department of Public Health officials, who ordered the shutdown of two daycare centers attended by all the victims. While a staph infection is believed to be the culprit in this case, the cause has not been fully determined yet.
Of the 86 children, 30 were hospitalized, and two remain in the hospital as of today.
Two lawsuits have already been filed by parents of the children against the day care centers, and more will likely follow. Both of the lawsuits blame the daycare’s food-handling policies for the illness outbreak, and claim that the daycare center was negligent in its duties toward the children.
Testing by the Alabama State Department of Health has found that food at the daycare center was indeed infected with staphylococcus. Any lawsuit over the matter would therefore focus on whether the daycare center could have reasonably prevented this. If the court finds that they could have, they may possibly have to pay compensatory and punitive damages.
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