Health dept. confirms staph caused sickness at day care

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed staph in several types of food served at a Montgomery day care was what sent nearly 90 children to the emergency room last week and required 30 to be hospitalized.

Multiple media outlets report that a health department report released Wednesday says the Staphylococcus aureus toxin-producing bacteria found in food products served at the Sunnyside Child Care Center matches the bacteria from samples taken from children who fell ill after eating the food at the center.

The state health department says public health environmentalists have worked with the day care employees on the kitchen and food handling to avoid any reoccurrence and prevent future food-related outbreaks.

Operations at the child care center resumed on Monday.

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