E. coli Lawyer Update: 3 Victims Identified in Illinois – Source Unknown
- Tony Coveny | Jun 11, 2019
E. coli Lawyer Update: Three e. coli illnesses in Illinois a mystery to health officials
Three people in Winnebago County, Illinois, have become ill from e. coli contamination, but county health officials have yet to determine the exact cause of the foodborne illness. Winnebago County, with a county seat in Rockford, Illinois, reports that the illnesses began May 31, 2019, when the three infected people began experiencing diarrhea.
Residents of Winnebago County should be aware of the symptoms of e. coli contamination and take care when preparing and consuming food to avoid infection. E. coli infection doesn’t manifest as quickly as other foodborne illnesses. E. coli generally appears three to four days after the initial infection, though in some cases, symptoms don’t appear for over a week. The most common E. coli symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain – sudden and severe stomach cramping is the first symptom to strike infected individuals, followed by diarrhea a few hours later. The stomach cramping may create sores in the intestines, resulting in bloody stools.
- Nausea – while nausea is a common sign of an E. coli infection, it’s important to note that not all infected individuals will vomit. Similarly, fevers may not always occur.
- Fatigue – since vomiting and diarrhea cause fluid loss, patients will be low on electrolytes. This creates fatigue that leaves the patient feeling tired and sick, even if other symptoms subside. It is imperative that individuals suffering from dehydration consume salty foods, as well as water or sports drinks to rehydrate and revitalize themselves.
The Winnebago County, Illinois, Health Department recommends that consumers take steps to help prevent E. coli, including:
- Practicing good handwashing techniques
- Following the four steps to food preparation safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill
- Washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly
- Cooking meats thoroughly
- Washing hands, utensil, and all surfaces thoroughly after they come in contact with raw meat
- Avoiding unpasteurized raw milk, dairy products, and juices
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