Published: Jun 24, 2011 4:20 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 24, 2011 4:20 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health says five children who visited the Splash Park at the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatic Center between June 12 and June 18 have been identified with symptoms of severe gastrointestinal illness and three of those children have tested positive for E. coli infection.

 Four children have been hospitalized at East Alabama Medical Center; one of them was subsequently transferred to Children's Hospital of Alabama.

 Seven day care centers in Lee County had taken children to the Splash Pool between June 12 and June 20. Public health officials are working with each day care center to contact the families of each child to determine the extent of illness.

 The Splash Park was closed June 20 for testing. Parents have been asked to be alert for symptoms of illness. Public health and City of Opelika officials are monitoring the situation.

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