Indiana confirms three E. coli cases out of six ill people, with one death

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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirmed three E. coli O157:H7 cases in three northern Indiana counties late last week. A total of six people with diarrheal illnesses currently are under investigation, one of whom has died.

Health professionals and the ISDH have partnered to investigate the cases in Wabash, Fulton and Marshall counties. They are monitoring family members of the E. coli patients and also are searching for the cause of the diarrheal sickness.

“E. coli O157:H7 infection is a contagious illness that is spread through contact with feces. While most people with this infection fully recover, some can develop serious complications,” Dr. Jerome Adams, Indiana's state health commissioner, said. “We are working closely with the local health departments, patients and their families to identify potential sources of exposure so we can stop the spread of this illness and prevent additional infections.”

“Our hearts go out to the family who lost a loved one to illness,” Adams said. “Nothing can ease the pain of the family’s loss. We are working diligently to gather information about illness that may be connected to this outbreak so we can prevent others from getting sick.”

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