Eau Claire (WQOW) – Wisconsin health officials are warning of an early outbreak of E.coli. So far, at least 20 cases have been registered in the country, including three children.
Three of these cases are addressed here in Eau Claire.
According to officials at the Mayo Clinic, the Department of Health is tracking. the outbreak after November 13, but the source remains a mystery.
E. coli is spread through the faeces and can be found in products such as cooking meat, vegetables, fruits and unpasteurized milk or juice.
Eau Claire City-County Health Department Communications Officer Paulet Magur said most people recover from E.coli in a few days, but some cases can be life-threatening, especially for anyone with a weakened immune system.
Health officials still want the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms.
'Many people with E. coli have watery diarrhea a few days after they become infected. Sometimes they have to go to the bathroom several times throughout the day. Sometimes they will have bloody diarrhea. This is one of the indications for E. coli. They will also sometimes have low fever or stomach cramps, "Magour says.
Magour said that the best way to prevent the spread of E. coli is to wash your hands after using the bath and before preparing any food.
Doctors say that E. coli is an infection that can cause damage to red blood cells and kidneys.
If left untreated, people can die from certain strains of the bacterium, so employees say it's important to see a doctor if you have symptoms.
The Wisconsin Department of Health says the cases are not isolated in one region and are still investigating the source of the reported infections.