By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In a follow-up on a recent report, Iceland health officials reported an additional E. coli infection in a one and a half year old child Friday, bringing the total cases in the cluster to 17.
A cluster of infections due to verotoxin producing Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O26:H11 has been linked to the tourist attraction Efstidalur II, a farm and restaurant near Laugarvatn, about 55 miles from Reykjavik in the south of Iceland.
Health officials advise if you visited the farm between June 10 and July 4, 2019 and if you or a member of your family develop diarrhea within 10 days of visiting the farm, especially young children, you should contact a doctor to arrange for the stool to be tested for this bacterium which can cause serious illness.
Hand-washing with soap and water is strongly recommended after contact with animals, before eating or preparing food and especially after caring for individuals with diarrhea, officials note.