Deadly strain of E. coli breaks out in Brazos County

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COLLEGE STATION, TX – A deadly strain of Escherichia coli O157:H7 has broken out in Brazos County with five confirmed cases and possibly three more.

All five went to the hospital. Three have gone home, but two young brothers, one 14 months old, the other 4-years-old, remain hospitalized in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is leading the investigation trying to find out the source of the E. coli strain.

It can come from unwashed fruits and vegetables, raw meat, and contaminated water.

This form of e. coli can cause kidney failure that can lead to death. It most often hits kids under the age of 10. Symptoms include stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Washing hands after handling raw meat can help avoid infection, as can thoroughly rinsing fruits and vegetables.

Call a doctor quickly if you think you got this bad bug.