E. coli outbreak in Eagle County | AspenTimes.com

E. coli outbreak in Eagle County

Aspen Times staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Local and state health officials are investigating an e.coli outbreak in Eagle County, according to Jill Hunsaker, the county’s public health manager.

Several cases have been confirmed in children under 5. The county is focusing on swimming pools and child-care centers in its investigation, Hunsaker said.

People generally become ill two to eight days after being exposed. E. coli causes bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, though some people have no symptoms at all. The illness often goes away, but can cause a complication leading to kidney failure in children under 5 and the elderly.

People with bloody diarrhea or symptoms for more than 48 hours should see a doctor, Hunsaker said.

People with symptoms should not take anti-diarrheal medicines or antibiotics.

E. coli is a food- and water-borne illness and is spread through foods that are contaminated, recreational water sources such as swimming pools and between people, she said.

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Human and animal feces can contain e.coli.

Washing your hands with soap and hot water can prevent the spread of e. coli.

Residents who have symptoms but do not have a doctor can call the Eagle County Public Health Service at 748-2005.

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