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3 Vancouver residents sick with E. coli
KGW.com reports that Three females are finally recovering after becoming sick with E. coli after attending the recent Clark County Fair. In each case, the individual reported visiting the fair’s animal exhibits between August 9 and 14.
The Health Department is investigating all possible causes and is monitoring the situation for possible additional cases.
The strain of E. coli which made the trio ill is most commonly found in cattle intestines and excrement, but people can also get it from touching infected animals or visiting animal exhibits at fairs or petting zoos.
Other common ways of E. coli infection include eating undercooked ground beef, drinking unpasteurized milk, juice, or contaminated water, and swimming in contaminated water.
E. coli is also easily spread from person to person. Frequent handwashing, especially after using the bathroom, can minimize chances of spreading infection.