Fourth E. coli case confirmed

By Diane Vance/Gate City Staff Writer

Published: Thursday, October 23, 2008 1:54 PM CDT

 

Source of Article:  http://www.dailygate.com/articles/2008/10/23/news/02.txt

 

CARTHAGE, Ill. - The possible E. coli case reported by the Hancock County Health Department has been confirmed as the E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the area to four.

Two people in Lee County and one in Des Moines County also have been confirmed to be infected by E. coli.

The source of contamination or links between the cases have not been determined.

“We have not established any links with the other cases,” Kelly Rife said today.

Rife is a certified nurse practitioner at the Hancock County Health Department. Infectious Diseases Coordinator Victoria Roberts is out of the office today at Hancock County Health Department.

Roberts has said previously that information will be released when it is known.

To find the source of contamination, state and county health departments perform DNA tests on samples and interview the people with E. coli. DNA will show whether the infection came from the same source.

E. coli is usually spread when a person consumes food or drinks contaminated with feces from another infected person or animal. Unpasteurized milk and uncooked meat also can carry E. coli.

 

 

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