Nine From Scout Camp Hospitalized With E. Coli

 

By Jonathan Mummolo

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 1, 2008; 3:05 PM

 

Source of Article:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/01/AR2008080101866.html

 

The number of confirmed cases of E. Coli infections contracted at a popular scout camp in Goshen, Va., has risen to 15, most from the Northern Virginia area, and nine of the boys have been hospitalized, health officials said today at a news conference.

The source of the outbreak is still under investigation, but so far, health officials have confirmed that 14 boys -- a mix of boy scouts and cub scouts -- in the Northern Virginia area have been infected with E. Coli-0157, a harmful strain of the bacteria. There is one confirmed adult case in Maryland, officials said, and a spokeswoman for the District's health department said no cases have been confirmed there.

The number of people exhibiting symptoms has also grown, As of Friday afternoon, between 50 and 60 people who were at the camp last week had shown symptoms, said Seth Levine, an epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health that is investigating the outbreak. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting.

Yesterday, health officials reported 13 confirmed cases and about 30 people showing symptoms, but, "The numbers are continuously evolving," Levine said.

The Virginia Department of Health began receiving reports of sick children on Sunday, when boys from about 70 troops returned home after a week at the Goshen Scout Reservation near Lexington, Va., about three hours from Washington.

 

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