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Jun 5, 2011 11:04 AM by Chris Welty

5-Year-Old Hospitalized with E. Coli

MONROE, La. (AP) - A 5-year-old girl from Rayville has been
hospitalized for more than two weeks, suffering from an E. coli
bacterial infection.
The girl was taken to the LSU Health Sciences
Center-Shreveport's pediatric intensive care unit after she became
sick while attending a party in Richland Parish.
The girl's grandfather told The News-Star in Monroe that as many
as 15 children were sickened following an end-of-the-year Ouachita
Christian School party last month on a farm between Start and
Rayville.
Dr. Shelley Jones, the Louisiana Department of Health and
Hospitals Region 8 director, said the state has confirmed three
cases of E. coli, but Jones said it's unlikely an exact source of
the E. coli will ever be determined.
Jones suspects the children were infected while playing in a mud
pit.

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