The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed to Food Poisoning Bulletin that nine Huntley High School E. coli illnesses are part of a multistate outbreak that includes 22 people in 10 states. Three people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening complication of some E. coli infections that causes kidney failure.
Do You Need an E. coli Lawyer?
The Huntley High School E. coli outbreak includes nine students. State and federal health officials are still working to identify the food source of the outbreak. Leafy greens and ground beef are the most common food sources of E. coli outbreaks, but any food can become contaminated with the bacteria.
Symptoms of an E. coli Infection
Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which usually develop within one to three days of exposure, include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications and antibiotics should not be given to patients with E. coli infections as they can increase the chance of developing HUS.
Symptoms of HUS usually develop one week after initial E. coli symptoms. HUS can be fatal. Anyone with HUS symptoms should seek immediate emergency care. HUS symptoms include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Extreme fatigue
- Pale skin
- Decreased urination
- Unexplained bruising
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in legs, feet, or ankles
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