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"Wash. day care stayed open after E. coli found"

The Associated Press | Phuong Le

"SEATTLE - County health officials didn't close a Washington state day care for several days after children were hospitalized with a deadly strain of E. coli - because of concerns the infection would spread farther if parents took their children elsewhere.

A 4-year-old boy died after being infected at the Vancouver, Wash., center, and three other children were sickened.

The first case was reported March 19. But Clark County health officer Dr. Alan Melnick said he didn't shut down Fletch Family Daycare until April 2 out of concern that other parents who used the facility could take their children to different day cares and risk exposing others..."

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