E. Coli outbreak – 68 ill, 14 hospitalized – 3 in serious condition

Posted on July 11, 2012 by

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UPDATE: 7/18/12 9:56AM 68 ill, 14 hospitalized – 3 in serious condition

UPDATE: 7/12/12 6:18PM EST

The number of illnesses has increased to 61 and 11 hospitalizations.

UPDATE: The E. coli O157 outbreak associated with a picnic in Germantown, Ohio has now sickened at least 55 people with 10 in hospital.

As a result of eating food at a picnic at Neff’s Lawn Care in Germantown [Ohio], at least 36 individuals have become ill. Of those, 9 have been hospitalized. Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is continuing an investigation into the cause of the foodborne outbreak. Estimates are that as many as 200-300 people may have attended an annual customer appreciation picnic held by Neff’s Lawn Care, 9400 Ekhart Road, on July 3. Of the ill, 5 have been confirmed to be infected by E. Coli 0157.

Symptoms experienced by those who became ill include stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. If someone attended the picnic and ate contaminated food, they might still become ill up through July 11. Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is asking that anyone who became ill after attending the event call 937-225-4460 and report their illness.

If someone has become ill as a result of the picnic, Public Health is stressing that the best way to prevent passing the bacteria on to others in your family or those close to you is through frequent and thorough hand washing.

Public Health is continuing to gather information through interviews with those who became ill and those who prepared the food. Investigators are also looking at food sources, food handling and storage practices, food temperature controls, and the potential of cross contamination of the food.

The local health department cautions that those who suspect they may be ill from E. Coli 0157 should not be treated with antibiotics and should not take antidiarrheal medicines. They should seek medical attention and inform the physician what they suspect might be the cause of their illness.

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