Staphylococcus Aureus has been found in food served at two locations of Sunnyside Child Care Center in Montgomery, AL where 86 children were sickened with food poisoning, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Most of the children were treated and released from local hospitals after experiencing symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and lethargy.
Tests on samples from the daycare kitchen were negative for Norovirus, but health officials are still waiting for results of Salmonella, Shigella and E. coli tests. Health officials are working with kitchen staff on food safety procedures. The kitchen at the Sunnyside Child Care Center on S. Court Street prepares food for that location and the Sunnyside location on Norman Bridge Road. The kitchen will remain closed during the investigation.
State Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson is advising Sunnyside parents to keep their children home. Children with symptoms should see a health care provider and mention exposure at the daycare center.