An E. coli outbreak has sickened three inmates at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and the Nevada Department of Corrections are working together to find the source of the outbreak that has resulted in one confirmed and two suspected cases.
E. coli is a bacteria that is transmitted via the fecal-oral route meaning infections occur when food or beverages contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter are ingested. Symptoms of an infection include abdominal cramps, diarrhea that can be bloody and vomiting. Symptoms usually develop within three days of exposure and last up to a week.