New E. coli Outbreak in
Date Published: Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/4119
State and County health officials are investigating deer or elk droppings, along with other behaviors in the area where the children might have all come in contact. The first case was reported in July and the last case was reported late last month on October 22, health officials said.
E. coli are a group of bacteria found in animal
intestines and feces. While some E. coli strains are necessary for
digestion; some are harmful, deadly, and toxin-producing and part of a group
of E. coli called Verocytotoxigenic E. coli, or VTECs, also known as Shiga-producing E. coli. Of
particular concern is the virulent, sometimes deadly E. coli O157:H7 strain
that is part of this group and that is generally found to be the culprit in E.
coli-related food-borne illness outbreak. Strain O157:H7 has been
confirmed to be to blame in this outbreak in
E. coli may cause fatal blood poisoning,
cystitis, deadly septicemia, and death. In the
A diarrheal illness caused by several types of bacteria, E. coli is spread most easily when people eat or drink food or water contaminated with human or animal feces or from infected symptomatic individuals. Initial symptoms include sudden onset of watery, often bloody, diarrhea; abdominal cramping; and, occasionally, vomiting. One-third of infected people develop fevers.
More and more, E. coli is turning up in produce
and water and seems to be sweeping North America in recent months with
outbreaks popping up in a variety of states in the
There is growing concern in the scientific community—not just because of the seeming prevalence of all manner of foodborne illnesses—but because instances of drug resistant E. coli are being reported world-wide and are similar in path to a mutated staph called MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus that, when not treated early, is resistant to all but the one antibiotic of last resort.
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