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Published On: Tue, Dec 31st, 2013

Davidson County, NC report three cases of E. coli 0157 infection, investigation ongoing

The Davidson County Health Department is investigating reports of illness in three children likely due to E coli infection. Two Tyro Middle School students have been hospitalized with a recent history of severe, bloody diarrhea. A case of E coli 0157 has been identified in a third child who has not been hospitalized and does not attend the same school as the hospitalized cases, according to health officials Monday.

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This is up one case from the report posted on the health department’s official Facebook page on Dec. 28.

The source in these cases is unknown at this time.

“Our sincerest sympathies go out to the families of these two students who have experienced illness”, says Monecia Thomas, Davidson County Health Department Health Director. “Our goal in this is to inform the public, reduce the spread of the infection to others, and identify any other cases.”

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

The symptoms of  E. coli O157:H7 infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If there is fever, it usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/less than 38.5˚C). Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.

Around 5–10% of those who are diagnosed with STEC infection develop a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

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