Rising Number of E. coli Infections Reported in WI

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting a
rise in the number of cases of E. coli infections in the state. Health
officials are treating the rise in cases as an outbreak, and are investigating
the source of the infections. A news release says the Department of Health
Services’ Lab of Hygiene notified the agency of a greater number of E. coli
specimens since the beginning of the month. About 20 cases have been reported
in the state, with one case of the more severe hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) reported.

Officials say symptoms vary with an E. coli infection, but
vary often include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. People are reminded
to wash your hands before preparing or eating food and after using the bathroom
or changing diapers. It’s also recommended that people who are sick or have
been experiencing symptoms of an E. coli infection stay home from work, school
or daycare and contact their doctor right away.