An E. coli outbreak has been reported in Livingston County, New York where health officials have confirmed eight cases. The E. coli infections were been reported within a two week period last month. The source of the infections has not yet been identified and there is a county-wide alert to try to determine where the E. coli may have come from. A health alert has been issued to physicians countywide and New York State is conducting its own testing to see if there are any statewide or nationwide ties to the infection.
Health officials are concerned because of the short time frame in which the cases were reported. The individuals infected began showing symptoms of the infection between August 6 and August 13. They range between ages 22 to 67 and four of those persons have been hospitalized. Although a team of 7 county investigators are interviewing patients for common denominators of the infection, such as supermarkets or restaurants, locating a cause could take weeks.
E. coli is a dangerous infection that can cause severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps and may require hospitalization. E. coli can also cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure.
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