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3 Kids in This State Have Been Hospitalized With Unknown E. Coli Infections

The outbreak has left three children hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome.

At least three children in Iowa—including an 18-month-old girl and a 12-year-old boy—have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) stemming from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. But health officials don't yet know the source of the outbreak.

The Jackson County Health Department is "working to determine what might have caused the outbreak" as it conducts contact tracing, according to the Clinton Herald. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)

"We've talked to quite a few people in Jackson County who had similar gastrointestinal symptoms," Community Health Manager Michele Cullen told the Telegraph Herald.

HUS occurs when the small blood vessels in the kidneys become inflamed, which can lead to kidney failure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Though it's most common in young children, symptoms can develop in anyone. The first symptom is usually diarrhea, but initial signs also include abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting.

Eating contaminated meat or produce, swimming in pools or lakes with feces, or coming into close contact with someone who is infected increases your risk of developing HUS from E. coli. Most E. coli infections don't turn into HUS, the Mayo Clinic adds.

This isn't the only case of foodborne illness as of late—This Shocking Baking Ingredient Caused 400 People to Fall Sick at Once.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more
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