According to a June 17 update from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there are 14 confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Greenwood County. DHEC stated that the cases involve individuals at The Learning Vine childcare facility in Greenwood, SC, and their family members. “To date, eleven (11) of the samples from these confirmed cases have undergone complete strain identification and have a matching pattern,” the department stated, adding, “As of today, 262 test results are negative for STEC. The laboratory testing performed to screen for STEC has an accuracy rate of 99.7%.” The three new laboratory-confirmed cases are people who either previously had symptoms of diarrheal illness or were asymptomatic, but who are all now symptom‐free, DHEC noted. “There is no evidence of ongoing transmission related to this investigation at this time, and there has been no new onset of illness in students or staff of the daycare since June 1, 2015,” the statement read. Meanwhile, The Learning Vine reopened on Monday after an E. coli outbreak linked to the facility sickened 11 and killed one. Myles Mayfield, 2, who had attended the daycare, died May 31 from complications of E. coli infection. The facility had voluntarily closed earlier this month but was cleared to resume business after fixing a dozen apparent health violations and having its employees and others associated with the daycare test negative for E. coli. Learning Vine daycareThe South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) identified the violations during a June 4 inspection of The Learning Vine. The problems cited included issues involving food safety/menu, sanitation, diaper changing, restrooms, and “improper medication practices.” The Learning Vine issued a statement on Monday noting that the entire facility had been sanitized and that the source of E. coli bacteria was still unknown. “At this time, we are informed that the source of any contamination and how it may have been brought into The Learning Vine has not been determined. We are hopeful that DHEC or the proper authorities are able to quickly isolate the cause or how the children got infected,” the statement read. At a Saturday afternoon meeting, DHEC officials told parents that The Learning Vine had complied with all recommendations made during the investigation. Some parents of children who attend the daycare wondered why they had not been notified last month when the first E. coli case was reported. “It’s been portrayed this whole time that the Learning Vine dropped the ball and sanitation reasons or anything else, but it’s not,” Nicole Abney told a local TV station. “In the beginning when that first case happened DHEC should’ve taken proper steps to make sure anybody else did not get infected, and they didn’t.” A DHEC official said that the first infected person did not show any symptoms for “up to 8 days” before the department investigated the situation. Department officials said there has been no indication of ongoing illnesses related to this outbreak since June 1. Staff from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been assisting with the ongoing investigation into what caused the outbreak.