January 19, 2020

Marin County E.coli Outbreak Ends, 6 Sickened

An E. coli outbreak in Marin County, CA has ended after sickening six people, according to the latest update from the county. Public health officials declared the outbreak over after no new cases developed since  mid-September.

E.-coli microscopeAlthough health officials were unable to determine a specific food source of the outbreak, they have said there isn’t an ongoing risk. “There is no ongoing risk to the public’s health,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer.

Four of  those sickened were children. Three of the case patients were residents of Tiburon, and one each was from in San Rafael, Inverness and San Anselmo. Four of the patients were children.

Two adults and two children were hospitalized.  All of them have been discharged.

Each year, about 265,000 Americans are diagnosed with E.coli infections which happen when people ingest microscopic amounts of human or animal feces.  This can happen from eating food that is contaminated, drinking unpasteurized milk or juice, drinking water that has not been disinfected, or having contact with animals.



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