Local E coli outbreak not related to other Michigan cases

Source of Article:  http://www.charlevoixcourier.com/articles/2008/11/10/news/doc49187587c8ab1272161564.txt

Monday, November 10, 2008 1:06 PM EST


Laboratory results show the strain of the E coli virus that infected several individuals from the local health district definitely was not related to any other cases in the state, including the outbreak at Michigan State University.  

    The Health Department of Northwest Michigan investigated five cases of E coli infection, four from Emmet County, and one from Antrim County.

Based on results of tests performed at the Michigan Department of Community Health State Laboratory in Lansing, public health officials have concluded the Emmet County cases are not related to the Antrim County case or to outbreaks down state. 

    The source of the Emmet County outbreak is unknown at this time.

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Michigan Department of Community Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Prevention is investigating a possible link between the Antrim and Emmet counties’ cases with other E coli cases around the nation involving the same strain. 

    The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality health care, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about E coli infection and other food-borne illnesses, visit www.cdc.gov.



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