Washington County Health Department offers advice to protect from E. coli

MARIETTA OH, (WTAP)- The Washington County Health Department says that the bacteria toxins from E. coli can be in many different kinds of foods. They also say that health officials have had a difficult time pinpointing the exact cause of the outbreak.

Hand washing, thorough cooking, and proper food preparation are among the top things you can do to help protect yourself.

“Last I heard, there were 72 confirmed cases. Half of those are in Kentucky and 5 are in Ohio and I think that they’re mostly centered around the Cincinnati area so I wouldn’t want to raise a lot of panic about being exposed to it here, but the bottom line is that we don’t know what’s causing it and that means that there probably will be more cases,” says Richard Wittberg, the Health Commissioner for Washington County.

If you are experiencing symptoms of E. coli like severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and severe diarrhea, seek medical help immediately.