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Possible e-coli outbreak in Colquitt Co.

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

June 27, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - At least a dozen people have shown up at the emergency room this week with symptoms similar to those caused by e-coli bacteria.

Colquitt Regional Medical Center saw their first case last Thursday.

"During this investigation, we will see if there is any common denominator in the community, but basically we will like the public to know how to handle ground beef and good hand washing and not to handle the beef while touching any other objects, so that we will stop any of the bacteria from spreading," said Denise Linnenkohl, Director of the Colquitt County Health Dept.

So far, the common link is ground beef. Now, work is underway to figure out where it came from.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps and stomach tenderness. Diarrhea which can become bloody, nausea and vomiting, possibly a high fever.

Symptoms usually end in about a week, however it can also cause severe blood and kidney problems

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