e.coliA milk festival in Washington was spoiled when more than 40 people were sickened by E. coli. Over 1,000 young children attended the Milk Makers Fest, an annual event for first graders that promotes dairy products and dairy farming. A majority of those sickened were younger students, but older kids and adults also fell ill. The CDC has been called in to help locate the source of the outbreak as it is unknown whether it is linked to food, milk, livestock, a petting zoo, or another source.

E. coli is often found on cattle farms and is one of the most common food borne illnesses in the US. In the event of an E. coli outbreak near you, or if you suspect you have been exposed to the bacteria, seek medical attention and follow these steps:

  • Identify possible sources of contaminated food or water and notify health authorities. Be careful not to ingest anything that you believe may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
  • Drink uncontaminated fluids to reverse the effects of vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Cooperate with public health authorities after an outbreak has occurred. You may need to help identity possible sources of the illness during an outbreak investigation.

For more information on what you can do during an E. coli outbreak, visit the E. coli section in the Knowledge Center of your portal, or contact your Client Services representative.

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