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Warning Signs and Symptoms of E. coli

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No cases have been reported in the Columbia Basin region. No cases have been reported in the Columbia Basin region.

KENNEWICK, WA- With E. coli in the headlines in the Northwest, many wonder what some of the warning signs of it is. 

Some of the signs of E. coli are feeling sick to the stomach, cramping, diarrhea, possible vomiting, and in severe cases bloody diarrhea.  People can get E. coli from contaminated food, exposure to someone that has it, or even handling animals.  The most at risk groups are young children and seniors.

The Benton Franklin Health District encourages people not to hesitate if they think something may be wrong or they fear they might have E. coli. 

"If they feel like they're getting sick from certain things, contact your local health provider. They can also contact us at the health department because we can try to figure out the general theme that's going on.  Is it a restaurant that you ate at, was it exposure to the water, was it because of exposure to the animals? A lot of different variables go into it, so we encourage people to call us if they have questions or concerns," said Susan Shelton, Food Safety Program Supervisor for the Benton Franklin Health District.  

Symptoms usually start to show up one to 10 days after exposure.  Washing hands is a way the health district said E. coli can be prevented.   

So far, none of the cases have been linked to the Chipotle in our area.  For people concerned about exposure, they can contact their local doctor and get a sample tested.