Oak Leaf Dairy Farm E. coli Outbreak
Cases of E. coli infection the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm increased to 41 by April 6, 2016. Those who contracted E. coli had visited the Lebanon, Connecticut farm and had contact with the farm’s goats.
About E. coli
Escherichia coli or E. coli is a type of bacterium that lives in the intestines of healthy humans and animals. Some strains of E. coli are capable of producing a powerful toxin, known as Shiga toxin, and can cause severe, life-threatening illness.
Forty One Sickened with E. coli in Oak Leaf Dairy Farm E. coli Outbreak after Contact with Oak Leaf Dairy Farm Goats
The sickened were between 9 months old and 45 years old. Thirty-four of those sickened were children under 18 years old, 22 of whom were 5 years old or under. Ten of those infected were hospitalized.
Three of the hospitalized patients were diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare but serious illness that affects the kidneys and blood clotting system. Officials from the Department of Public Health said they determined that the exposures happened between March 6 and March 20 and the symptoms began between March 7 and March 24.
Complications of E. coli
HUS – Complications of STEC infection may include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a serious and sometimes life-threatening medical condition that occurs in about 5%-10% of cases. HUS is characterized by anemia, low platelet count, and renal injury or failure. Blood transfusions and kidney dialysis may be required.
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Symptoms of E. coli
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. There is usually little or no fever. The infection (and its symptoms) will vary from individual to individual, ranging from a mild to a life-threatening illness.
The CDC reports that symptoms of E. coli food poisoning typically begin 3-4 days after eating a contaminated food; however, symptoms may occur anywhere from 1 to 10 days following pathogen exposure.