health officials report third case of E. coli
CDT, October 21, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-ecoliillnesses,0,6264021.story
- 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
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.
Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com