GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – There has been an increase in E. coli infection cases in Wisconsin, according to health officials who are still investigating what the source may be.
At least twenty cases have been reported in the state since the beginning of the month.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says it has been notified by its hygiene laboratory of a larger number of E. coli samples. Investigators treat this as an outbreak.
Health experts say that the bacteria cause you to develop bowel problems and symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.
“Usually it is self-limiting so usually it cleans on its own without any kind of treatment like an antibiotic it will many times just clear out on its own, it is just to treat these symptoms of staying hydrated and staying away from other people so you don't spread what you have, says Carol Bess, infection prevention leader with Bellin Health.
The state has a reported case of hemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) which is a more severe version of E. coli infection.
State health officials are investigating the source, but Bess said that typically a more widespread outbreak comes from some type of food source.
"Many times it is salad or sprouts or something like that it is usually not meat related necessarily because if you cook your meat well you should cook something like that, that is why they say you should not eat under cooked meat, don't eat raw eggs, Bess said.
Anyone who exhibits symptoms should stay home to prevent it from spreading. Practicing good hygiene and a clean home also helps.