DHEC investigates E. coli outbreak in Spartanburg Co. - FOX Carolina 21

DHEC investigates E. coli outbreak in Spartanburg Co.

Posted: Updated: May 14, 2012 11:13 AM
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating several cases of E. coli after several people have reported symptoms connected with the bacteria.

DHEC officials said the outbreak is related to dining at a Spartanburg-area Mexican restaurant during the last week of April and early May.

Officials said they were continuing to investigate the outbreak to determine if there was a significant public health risk, and if the threat and potential for transmission was ongoing.

Health officials said they are in the process of interviewing more than eight cases thus far, two of which reported the infection has progressed to a severe condition associated with Escherichia coli infection that can lead to kidney failure.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include gastroenteritis with diarrhea and abdominal cramps with the potential for fever and bloody stools, along with hemolytic uremic syndrome in children or thrombocytopenia purpura in adults, according to health officials.

A FOX Carolina viewer said she knows of a few children who were in the intensive care unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment due to the E. coli infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Officials said most patients suffering from E. coli infection recover within five to seven days.

DHEC officials said they would not release the name of the restaurant, per department policy, until a certain threshold is met.

So far, they said there does not appear to be an ongoing threat. DHEC officials said if they had any reason to believe there was ongoing transmission or a current public health risk they would release the restaurant's name.

If someone believes they are suffering from E. coli symptoms or may have been affected should contact their local health care provider for medical attention.

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