September 22, 2017

One Child Still Hospitalized in NC E. coli Outbreak

Late in December there was a report of an E. coli outbreak in Davidson County, North Carolina  that sickened three children. Two of the three were hospitalized with symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome. A report was released yesterday that stated one child is still hospitalized.

Two of the three children were students at the Tyro Middle School in Lexington. A message posted at the school’s website states, “if you child or an adult has the symptoms of an E. coli infection, please contact your medical provider and share the information in this notification with them.” Symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe watery and/or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, severe cramps, and a low fever. One complication of an E. coli infection, HUS, can destroy the kidneys. Medical treatment is always required with this complication.

Public health officials have been investigating, but have not been able to find a common infection source for these illnesses. No more E. coli infections have been reported to the health department. Officials are focusing on prevention. If you have questions, call the Davidson County Health Department at 336-242-2300.

Always wash your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom and after changing diapers. Wash your hands after contact with animals, and after contact with anyone who is sick. And always wash your hands before preparing food and eating.

 

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