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E Coli source still undetermined

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

July 2, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Health workers are calling for assistance in tracking down the source of e-coli contamination in Colquitt County.

People are still getting sick and the source hasn't yet been found. So far, four e-coli cases have been confirmed, but more than a dozen people have been treated for e-coli -like symptoms.

Health officials have called for reinforcements, and are accepting offers for additional help from other counties and the state epidemiologists office to track down the source. They're also still awaiting test results in nine cases. Investigators will continue to question both those who have tested positive and negative for the illness hoping to find a common link.

"We continue to be concerned that people continue to get sick," says District Deputy Health Director Brenda Greene. "So our concern is what is what is the exposure, why are they getting sick, so we are continuing with our intense investigation, trying to determine that source.

Health officials also say they're comparing the local strain of E-coli against the strain in outbreaks in Ohio and Michigan.

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