E-coli linked to Georgia restaurant
As many as 11 cases of E-coli are confirmed—10 of which are linked to a restaurant in Toccoa, Georgia. WNEG Radio at Toccoa quotes an e-mail statement from a district health spokesman as saying 10 Georgia residents and one South Carolinian have been confirmed as having a strain of E-coli. That spokesman, Dave Palmer, says 10 of the 11 patients reported eating at the BBQ Shack in Toccoa during the weekend of May 2-4, with no other common exposures reported among patients. The exact source of the infection had not been identified, but Palmer says the BBQ Shack is working closely with public health officials in the investigation. E-coli is a bacteria and infection can cause serious illness. Symptoms include cramps, diarrhea, and bloody diarrhea and occur about three to four days after exposure. Anyone who experiences the symptoms for E-coli should seek advice from a health care provider.