Meningitis suspected cause of 2 kids' deaths at Florida daycare center

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Downtown Miami daycare has been shut down after two very young children got sick and died.

“The daycare center has voluntarily closed its doors. Unfortunately, two children have passed away,” said county official Jose Galan.

A local doctor diagnosed the first child’s death as a suspected case of meningitis. The second child’s death maybe related.

The State Health Department hasn’t confirmed either diagnosis.

The state’s lab tests are pending as to whether either child had meningitis.

Both deaths happened within seven days of each other in the first week of December.

“We have been working with the State Department of Health, children and families and with the day car,” Galan said.

YWCA Carol Glassman Donaldson Center Day Care, the center in question, is housed in the Stephen Clark Building at Miami-Dade County Hall.

About 50 to 55 youngsters attend the daycare. Many are children of county employees.

Miami-Dade’s Internal Services Department, which oversees building operations, released a statement that said it worked with the YWCA “to ensure that every step has been taken… to notify parents and follow all recommendations.”

This story originally appeared on CBS Miami’s website.

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