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Health & Fit Wisconsin sees 'significant increase' in E. coli cases: State health officials

19:11  19 november  2019
19:11  19 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - There's been a rise in E . coli infection cases in Wisconsin , according to health officials who are still looking into what the source may be. At least twenty cases have been reported since the start of the month in the state .

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Wisconsin health officials late last week announced a “significant increase” in the number of  Escherichia coli, or E. coli, cases in the state.

  Wisconsin sees 'significant increase' in E. coli cases: State health officials © KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images

Wisconsin Department of Health officials recently announced they’re investigating some 20 cases of E.coli – specifically a strain called O157 – reported across the state. At least three children have been sickened, reports local news station TMJ4.

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Escherichia coli ( E . coli ) is a group of bacteria found in the intestines of people and animals, and that can also be found in the environment. Most strains of E . coli are harmless and serve an important role in the digestive system. However, some strains of E . coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause

E . coli infections can occur as isolated cases or as part of an outbreak, says Roberts. People can become infected in various ways, including through contact with UHS also has information about the disease. A fact sheet on E . coli O157:H7 is also available on the Wisconsin Division of Public Health .

“DHS is working with local public health departments to interview sick individuals to learn more about their activities, food and water sources, and foods and beverages they consumed before they became sick to identify any potential common source of infection,” Wisconsin health officials said.

E. coli are bacteria found in both human and animal intestines.

While most strains are harmless, some are pathogenic and can cause illness, which typically includes stomach cramps and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bacteria can be transmitted through contaminated water or food and sometimes through contact with other people and animals.

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While most people recover from E. coli after a few days, some cases can be life-threatening. This is especially true for pregnant women, newborns, older or elderly adults and those with weakened immune systems.

Health officials recommend thorough hand-washing, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking meat thoroughly and avoiding cross-contamination in food preparation areas as ways to prevent E. coli illness.

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