VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Health wants to make sure you’re protecting yourself against a recent E. coli outbreak.
Eight people have been hospitalized, with more than 70 cases reported in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Georgia.
Public Health Expert Kenneth Lowery said that typical routes of contamination include under-cooked meat, unpasteurized milk and any contaminated product.
“Our best practice for basically any illness is making sure you have good hand-washing. As it pertains to cooking foods, making sure you cook, especially beef products, ground beef, thoroughly. By cooking it to the proper temperature, it helps eliminate the risk tremendously," said Lowery.
Lowery said symptoms include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea. He said we could be at a higher risk in South Georgia because of the large amounts of traffic and tourists flowing through the area.