E. coli outbreak costs Artesia schools thousands to protect students
E. coli contamination in Artesia is costing its public school system about $1,000 per day.
Classes across the district were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, after the city was alerted to the contamination on Saturday.
Food was served in disposable containers, to avoid exposure when cleaning dishes.
Contaminated samples were returned one week ago, on Sept. 13, and again on the following Friday.
After a clean report on Monday, Tuesday night’s results showed the outbreak was not contained, as one of eight samples showed the presence of a bacteria associated with animal and human waste.
Daily sampling will continue, read a Tuesday news release from the City of Artesia, until the bacteria is eradicated.