Rash Of E. Coli Cases In Wake County Under Investigation

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State and local health officials are investigating seven E. coli cases in Wake County that sent four people to the hospital and sickened at least three others.

Wake County Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford says officials learned of the test results confirming E. coli on Tuesday. Six children and one adult were sickened. Of the four who were hospitalized, two have been released but two others remain in intensive care.

Ledford says children are generally more susceptible to the ailment than adults. E. coli is a potentially deadly type of food poisoning caused by bacteria found in fecal matter. Symptoms include severe diarrhea and painful abdominal cramps.

Officials aren't sure yet whether any of the cases are connected. Ledford says they should have more answers within a few days.

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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:06 AM
    It is ironic that the state fair just pulled out a few days ago - which ecoli usually has a gestation period before you see symptoms. This same thing happened a couple of yrs. ago involving the petting zoo at the state fair. I was reading another site and someone posted they knew one of the children involved, that now is in intensive care. Of course the fair is full of germs, but this child was a fair - attendant, and went to the petting zoo. I have been around animals my entire life. Raised pigs, cattle, had horses......... never had a problem with such as that in all of the muck and stuff I have gone through. I have a feeling it was someone's lack of personal hygeine with food - maybe not the petting zoo.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:22 AM in reply to Shine
      That was my first thought too, either food or exposure to livestock, but yes; I grew up around farm animals too. We weren't aware of it if we did get sick from that environment, washing hands upon entering the house was done. Whatever the cause, I hope everyone recovers soon!
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      by Doxielover on Oct 26, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to Shine
      Very good point on the state fair... Good bet this was the culprit
  • by teacher Location: nc on Oct 25, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    I know someone who got very sick and almost died about a month ago. It is very dangerous. Everyone, please wash your hands thoroughly. The surfaces you touch, may have been contaminated and you would not even know it.

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