Mystery E. coli outbreak affecting dozens


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The CDC says more people are getting sick from a multi-state outbreak of E. coli from an unknown source. Five cases have been reported in Ohio.

Dr. Joseph Allen from Premier Physician Network joined 2 NEWS Wednesday to discuss the illness.

“E. coli is one of those bugs that we have in our gut anyway, all of us live with it, it’s very beneficial to us except for a few strains that cause some problems. This one is obviously causing some problems, we’ve been unable to tell exactly where it’s coming from,” says Dr. Allen.

The symptoms of E. coli, he says, are pretty tell-tale.

They can include fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, and watery diarrhea. These symptoms usually manifest three to four days after initial contact with the contaminant.

If you start to experience these symptoms and believe you could have E. coli, contact your doctor.

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