Iowa health officials report third case of E. coli

Associated Press

 

9:06 AM CDT, October 21, 2008

Source of Article:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-ecoliillnesses,0,6264021.story

BURLINGTON, Iowa - Southeast Iowa health officials have confirmed a third case of a virulent type of E. coli in the region.

The latest case involving the bacteria was confirmed Monday by the Des Moines County Health Department. In Lee County last week, health officials confirmed two cases.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says it has not determined the source of the illnesses.

Across the border in Hancock County, Ill., another possible case of E. coli was reported last Wednesday, but remained unconfirmed by state health officials.

The E. coli O157:H7 confirmed in southeast Iowa is considered a virulent bacteria strain that is harbored mainly in the intestines of cattle. It can cause severe bleeding, diarrhea and even kidney damage or failure.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

 

 

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