An E. coli outbreak in Jackson County, Oregon has sickened 15 people including some children. Ten people have been hospitalized including some young children who are receiving treatment at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, according to a Fox 26 report. The outbreak appears to be localized in Jackson County. All of the illnesses have been reported since August 1.

Young children are especially vulnerable to a life-threatening complication of E. coli infections called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure. As county health officials work to determine the source of the outbreak they are urging anyone with serious diarrhea or bloody diarrhea to seek immediate medical care.


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The 66 percent hospitalization rate for the Jackson County E. coli outbreak is more than twice the average of  30 percent. Health officials say the E. coli strain associated with this outbreak is one of the Shiga toxin-producing varieties. Shiga toxins are poisonous to humans. Ruminant animals including cattle, sheep, goats, are the primary reservoirs of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. 

Previous E. coli outbreaks with high hospitalization rates and higher-than-average numbers of children have been linked to animal exhibits or petting zoos at state or county fairs and raw milk.

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