While the E-coli outbreak across the St. Louis area has now affected more than 40 people, it has so far stayed out of Madison County. A spokesman with the Madison County Health Department says they are briefed on the status of the outbreak on a regular basis, and so far, the Riverbend and the rest of the county is in the clear.
Amy Yeager, Health Promotion Manager at the Health Department, says the various strains of E-Coli can be accurately tracked.
She says there are ways to prevent the spread of E-Coli, including washing your hands thoroughly after going to the bathroom or changing diapers; eat only thoroughly cooked ground beef, pork, sheep meat, or sausage; and avoiding cross contamination in food preparation areas by washing hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat. Symptoms of E-Coli include, nausea, severe abdominal cramps, watery or very bloody diarrhea, or fatigue.