Three North County people sick from E. Coli
August 3, 2013
San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials confirmed that three people in the North County have contracted E. coli in two days, causing two people to be hospitalized. [Tribune]
E. coli is a dangerous bacterium that is potentially deadly to young children, seniors and people with weak immune systems.
Public health officials are investigating the origin of the bacterium. One of the victims, a 12-year-old girl from the Creston 4-H Club, showed a dairy goat at the California Mid-State Fair.
Health official issued an alert on Friday asking that doctors send samples from patients who they suspect are sick from E. Coli. Two of the three reported cases have been identified as a dangerous strain of the bacterium called E. coli 157. The third case was not identified as of Friday.