Two kindergarten students from Stanford Elementary School in Lincoln county have been hospitalized as health officials investigate E.coli as the cause.
Ronnie Deatherage, director of operations for the Lincoln County Public Schools, said E.coli has been confirmed as the cause of illness in one child.
State and local health officials are investigating the case and have examined the elementary school cafeteria without finding a cause. The two 5-year-olds became ill within the last few days, Deatheridge said. They are being treated at University of Kentucky Children's Hospital. There is no information available on their condition, according to UK spokeswoman Kristi Lopez.
Parents of students at the school are being provided with information about symptoms of the disease and are being urged to contact a doctor if their child becomes ill. E.coli is a common food-borne illness. Most cases are relatively mild and result in vomiting or diarrhea. In rare cases in young children, it can be life-threatening.
For more information, residents can call the Lincoln County Health Department at (606) 365-3106.