(WHNT) – Cases of E. coli and rotavirus are under investigation in northeast Alabama, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
ADPH told News 19 that the department is investigating four cases of E. coli and two cases of rotavirus in young children in northeast Alabama.
The type of. coli detected in the area is labeled O157:H7, and all people are susceptible. The ADPH pointed out that those most vulnerable to infection by the germ are very young children and the elderly. Both of these groups are more likely to develop severe disease and kidney problems.
The ADPH said it routinely investigates clusters and outbreaks of diseases like E. coli and Rotavirus.
The main symptoms of E. coli can include stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Less common symptoms include a fever that can reach 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
The ADPH said most people get better 5-7 days after infection.
To reduce the risk of contracting E. coli and other gastrointestinal illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:
- Wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or changing diapers, before preparing or eating food
- Wash your hands after contact with animals or their environment
- Cook meat well
- Avoid raw milk, unpasteurized dairy products or juices
- Avoid swallowing water when swimming in lakes, ponds, streams or pools
- Prevent cross contamination when cooking by washing hands, counters, cutting boards and utensils
To learn more about how to prevent an E. coli infection or food safety guidelines, visit cdc.gov.
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