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PUBLIC HEALTH: No E. coli outbreak in Shasta County

There are a few active E. coli cases in Shasta County each year, says Shasta Co. Public Health nurse Cindy Lakmann. She said on Friday that there is nocurrent E. coli outbreak in Shasta County.

Posted: Jan 5, 2018 5:22 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2018 5:33 PM

E. coli is a type of food poisoning. Some Shasta County residents were concerned about the spread of E. coli in Shasta County, so we talked to a public health nurse from Shasta County's who works in the office of communicable diseases, to find out if residents should be concerned.

R.N. Cindy Lakmann said cooking contaminated food will kill E. coli. She said the E. coli comes from the dirt the food is grown in. She said to avoid anything grown in dirt that has not been thoroughly washed.

The Centers for Disease Control is warning people not to eat romaine lettuce, because of a national E. coli scare. Lakmann said E. coli is also spread through undercooked hamburger and unpasteurized milk.

She said the symptoms of E. coli are abdominal cramping and diarrhea. She said if you have these symptoms you should go to a doctor, she advised, because E. coli can lead to kidney failure.

Two Redding children have been suffering from E. coli. Two year old Joel Taylor from the Bethel Church music ministry has a gofundme account set up for his son Jaxon and his four year old daughter, Addie.

According to the gofundme account, "Jaxon's Fund," the two year old  is fighting for his life because the E. coli impacted his kidney function. As of Friday, January 5th at 5:00 p.m., almost $178,000 was raised of a goal of $200,000. The campaign was started on Christmas Day. Jaxon was first admittted to the hospital on Thursday, December 21st.

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