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Child dies in E. coli outbreak

One child dies, two more sick in New Brunswick E. coli outbreak

One child is dead and two others are sick in an outbreak of E. coli in Saint John, N.B.

New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer Dr. Wayne MacDonald said on Monday that three cases of E. coli had been confirmed. Another case is suspected.

A 22-month-old toddler died from the infection overnight Saturday.

All the children affected attended the same YM-YWCA day-care centre. It's been closed while health officials investigate.

There are 16 children under the age of two in the infant-toddler section of the day-care.

Samples were taken from 40 staff and children on Friday at the centre for analysis.

The source of the infection hasn't been found, but MacDonald said it probably wasn't the water.

"It may not be easy to determine the source of the E. coli, especially if it was brought into the day-care by a child or an adult worker," MacDonald told a news conference.

Seven people died and more than 2,000 became ill in last year's waterborne E. coli outbreak in Walkerton, Ont.

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