Montana E. coli outbreak sickens 36 people from 9 states

Update: The Dawson County Health Department in Glendive, MT, reported late Tuesday that there are now more than 36 people from nine states reported ill in connection with this outbreak, and that at least seven of them have been hospitalized.

As of Tuesday, no new cases have been reported in Dawson County; however, there are confirmed cases in six other Montana counties.

“The incubation period of E. Coli has passed from the initial event, however since it can be passed from person to person, there is a potential for a second wave of infections. The bacteria can be shed by previously infected people for several weeks, even after symptoms go away. Good hand washing is the best way to protect yourself, your family and other persons,” the county stated.

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