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Old 08-30-2018, 02:17 PM
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As long as e coli bacteria are present in the stool, a person can spread the germs on to other people. In most children, the bacteria can be found in the stool for 2 to 3 weeks after the start of symptoms, in a small number of children, it can be present for 2-3 months after symptoms have stopped. The stool would have to be tested to tell if it's present or not.

Typically if the stool is tested and the result is negative the child can return to daycare.

EDIT: I should add that the only way to spread it is if the feces is spread so if you change a diaper and don't wash your hands properly or if the child has contaminated hands and touches things then other children touch it. You can prevent the spreading with good hand washing routines before/after toileting and diapering.
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