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Lebanon farm could be connected to E.coli outbreak

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There are seven confirmed cases of E.coli and two cases of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Some recently visited the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm. (WFSB) There are seven confirmed cases of E.coli and two cases of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Some recently visited the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm. (WFSB)
LEBANON, CT (WFSB) -

Health officials are investigating seven confirmed cases of E.coli and two cases of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in Connecticut.

Connecticut Children's Medical Center officials confirmed there have been two hospitalizations for E.coli. 

Connecticut Department of Public Health officials said the patients involved are between the ages of two to 25.

“Earlier today, DPH was informed of several patients from Southeastern Connecticut who have become ill with E.coli,” DPH Commissioner Raul Pino said in a release on Thursday.

Six of the seven patients recently visited the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm, which is a goat farm in Lebanon, DPH officials said.

At first, people are not allowed to visit with the animals at the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm, but the facility is closed until further notice. 

Oak Leaf Dairy Farm officials would not talk with Eyewitness News. 

Pino said they continue to closely monitor “the situation and working with our partners at the CDC and other relevant stakeholders.”

“We will continue to work diligently to provide the public with the information it needs as we investigate,” Pino said.

Anyone who visited the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm in March and “developed symptoms of this illness” is encouraged to see doctor, Pino said.

E.coli is a bacterium that is found in animal and human feces as well as food.  The outbreak is E.coli O157.

The symptoms for E.coli O157 can include

  • abdominal cramping
  • watery diarrhea
  • frequently bloody
  • vomiting
  • low-grade fever.

To prevent the spread of the illness, DPH officials recommended the following:

  • wash your hands thoroughly after contact with animals
  • wash hands after going to the bathroom
  • thoroughly cooking meats and washing fruits and vegetables

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome "is a rare, but serious illness that affects the kidneys and blood clotting system," DPH officials said. The disease is more common than children in adults. 

For more information on Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, click here

For more information on E.coli, click here

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