The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) at the Red River Fair in West Fargo, North Dakota. The Fair took place from July 7 to July 12, 2015. There are three reported illnesses, all of which are children under the age of 18. The North Dakota Division of Disease Control is still currently investigating the outbreak and attempting to locate a source.
One of the cases has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a severe complication caused by STEC infections that damage red blood cells. These damaged cells can in turn damage the kidneys, and can cause kidney failure.
An STEC infection causes symptoms including abdominal cramping, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. It can also cause hemolytic uremic syndrome. These symptoms take between 3 and 10 days to appear. If you or a loved one begins to show symptoms of E. coli poisoning, you should contact a medical professional.