What's Going Around 6-8

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's What's Going Around, doctors say many are concerned about the deadly E.coli outbreak in Germany.

Another person has died, raising the death toll to 24 in Germany, plus one in Sweden. There are more than 2,600 other reported cases.

In the United States, there is one confirmed and three suspected cases of the deadly strain, but all of the patients recently visited Hamburg, where many of the European cases have been focused.

While there have been cases of E.coli diagnosed in the Valley recently, it is not the same.

Central Shenandoah Health District epidemiologist Jonathan Falk says, "We're not seeing the strain here locally but as always, we want to be proactive in terms of monitoring the situation, and following up with cases of E.coli just in case there may be a link to the larger outbreak over in Germany."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea that is often bloody and vomiting. If you have these symptoms and have been to Germany since the beginning of April, you're advised to see your physician.

People suffering from asthma and allergies are still heading to their doctors offices in droves. Even people who've never been diagnosed with allergies before are now suffering.

Over-the-counter drugs could work well for some, but if they provide no relief, see your doctor for a prescription.


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