15 Hospitalized by Escherichia Coli (E. Coli)

15 Hospitalized by Escherichia Coli (E. coli)

The Davis County Health department is reporting an outbreak of E. coli, to date there are fifteen people diagnosed with Escherichia coli (E. coli) and nine of these cases were hospitalized.   The health department has tracked the cause of this outbreak to Queen Land Burgers, on December 28, 2013 during a lunch time rush employees were not cooking the hamburgers appropriately leaving the meat raw in the middle.   The health department is still investigating the popular food chain for other health violation.  
Symptoms of E. coli typically start 3 to 5 days after exposure and can last for 5 to 7 days and usually most people will get better on their own but if you are not getting better and experience symptoms of dehydration contact your health care provider immediately the symptoms of E. coli are:
• Bloody diarrhea.
• Stomach cramps.
• Nausea and vomiting.
• Low-grade fever (typically not over 101).
Ways to protect you and your family is by:
• Cooking all ground beef and poultry thoroughly.
• Send restaurant food back to the kitchen if it is not cooked well.
• Do not drink unpasteurized juices or milk.  
• Juices at a roadside stand would not usually be pasteurized.
• Refrigerate ground beef and perishable food immediately after shopping.
• Wash your hands and cooking utensils with hot, soapy water after handling meat and poultry.
• You also need to always wash hands after using the bathroom and after changing diapers.  
• Wash your hands after contact with animals.
• Wash your hands after contact with anyone who is sick.
There are 25,000 cases of E. coli per year which is approximately 1 in every 10,819 people.   With these figures, you can expect to see 2,083 cases per month, which is very high statics considering not all cases are reported due to people thinking they just have Gastroenteritis (the stomach flu).  
If you have any questions contact the Davis County Health Department at...