Local health officials investigating multiple cases of E. Coli

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Eight cases of E. Coli have been confirmed in our area, according to Mesa County Public Health.

Officials said they might be associated with the Mesa County Fair.

Health officials said they work closely with the fair on preventative measures, such as hand washing stations and signs at the event. They said it's not uncommon to see E. Coli outbreaks surrounding a fair because of the animals there.

For example, Mesa County Public Health said 50 to 80 percent of cattle carry the disease.

Health officials said E. Coli incubates for 10 days, that threshold has passed. That means they don't anticipate any more primary cases of the disease but they do encourage people to wash their hands to prevent it from spreading.

"Washing hands is one thing, but something people don't think is if you have a stroller, don't push it into the pin," said Jeff Kuhr, the director of Mesa County Public Health. "Then you have contaminated wheels and you're pushing it through your house."

Mesa County Public Health said they have been in contact with health providers and childcare services that may come in contact with diapers.

They are investigating the current cases to pinpoint the exact source of the disease. The best preventative measures are hand washing and making sure foods are cooked at the appropriate level.

Health officials said the symptoms of E. Coli are nausea, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting.

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