E. coli at SC day care: delays and violations

The Learning Vine on Overland Drive in Greenwood, S.C. at the center of an E. coli outbreak, has multiple health and safety violations pending correction, according to the state Department of Social Services’ Division of Early Care and Education.

e.coli.myles.mayfieldLearning Vine shut down voluntarily on Monday following the death of 2-year-old Myles Mayfield, of Greenwood, who died from hemolytic uremic syndrome, a condition associated with E. coli that can lead to kidney failure.

Since Myles’ death, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed that there are eight cases of E. coli connected to Learning Vine. 

The violation areas pending correction are:

– Diaper changing, 24-month and younger room (x2)

– Improper medication practices

– Sanitation violations (x3)

– Facility restrooms (x2)

– Feeding, 24-month and younger room

– Food safety/menu

– Posted information

– Other health and safety

Meanwhile, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) officials released a timeline Wednesday of their investigation.
DHEC says it’s been investigating fatal Greenwood E.coli cluster since May, but a nearly three-week gap between the reported diagnoses meant it took a month before they linked the outbreak to a daycare center.<