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Yakima County Sees High Number of E.Coli Cases

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YAKIMA, Wash.--The Yakima Public Health District is investigating an unusual amount of E.coli cases this year.

The health district is trying to find similarities between these cases, but so far none have come up. Currently, there are 17 E.coli cases this year, with four of them originating just last week. The amount is higher than usual.

The health district said last year there were only seven reports of E.coli and in 2011, there were 10.

Jessica Clyde from Selah said her nephew Brody is suffering from kidney failure after getting E.coli.

"It happened so fast, and we are always so precautionary," said Clyde. "Wash your hands, make sure you keep everything clean, always wash your hands. It's something that you don't think you're going to catch or your family's going to catch and from anywhere, we don't even know where it's from."

The Clyde family will hold a fundraiser for Brody in two weeks at Abby's Pizza. 25 percent of each total order will go toward the family and their medical expenses.

The health district reminds everyone to always wash their hands, handle food properly, and never drink from streams.