By Jory Lange

An E. coli outbreak in Jackson County, Oregon has hospitalized 10 people and sickened 15.  Several of the people hospitalized are children.  Jackson County Public Health are working to find the source of this E. coli outbreak.  They believe the source is localized within Jackson County.

Escherichia coli
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“A couple of children are at OHSU are receiving emergency treatment,” said Dr. Jim Shames of Jackson County Public Health. “We need citizens to be aware that serious diarrhea or bloody diarrhea should be reported to their health care provider.”

Anytime children are affected in an E. coli outbreak, hemolytic uremic syndrome (“HUS”) is a concern.  HUS, a life threatening condition, is a form of acute kidney failure.  Early symptoms of HUS can include diarrhea (usually bloody diarrhea); abdominal pain, cramping, or bloating; vomiting; fever; extreme fatigue; pale coloring (including loss of pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids), and decreased urination.