21 kids contract E. coli at Illinois day care

The Southtown Star reports that 21 children and one adult have contracted E. coli at a Lemont day care in an outbreak that began earlier this month.

The Cook County Health Department has mandated all children and adults at the KinderCare Learning Center, 12404 Archer Ave., be tested for the bacteria.

The day care center has been allowed to remain open so the children have a place to go and not possibly carry the bacteria to other centers.

Three children associated with the outbreak – linked to a lack of handwashing – were hospitalized but have since been treated and released.