September 20, 2018

E. coli Outbreak in Livingston County, New York

The Livingston County Department of Health in New York state is investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections that has sickened seven people in the month of August. Four people were hospitalized because of their illness. Two of the patients have been discharged. No deaths are reported in this outbreak.

E. coliThere is no word on the cause of the outbreak. Public health officials are interviewing patients, and stool samples are being examined at the state Department of Health lab. The county has published a fact sheet on E. coli to help prevent further spread of the bacteria. The Health Department is asking the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms of E. coli, and to visit their health care provider if they experience those symptoms. The symptoms usually appear from one to nine days after exposure.

To prevent the spread of this bacteria, which can spread through person-to-person contact, wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet or changing diapers. Cook ground beef to 160 degrees F. Drink only pasteurized milk, juice, or cider and wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

The illness onset dates range from August 6, 2012 to August 19, 2012. The patient age range is from 22 to 67. The symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, which is often bloody, nausea, cramps, and vomiting. If you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please call the LCDH at 585-243-7299.

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