Saturday June 15, 2013
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Health officials in DuPage County are investigating a possible connection between four confirmed cases of E. coli infection.
Jason Gerwig of the DuPage County Health Department says investigators are trying to determine whether the patients all ate at the same restaurant. He says the investigation may not conclude until Monday.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove treated four patients with the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria this week.
The bacteria can cause diarrhea and stomach cramps. It can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or people. Good hand washing habits and cooking meat thoroughly can prevent the spread of the bacteria.
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