There are now 11 cases of E. coli associated with the restaurant Worthy Burger in South Royalton, Vermont. These cases have appeared in 3 different states: Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Information about the dates of illness onset have yet to be released, but it is likely that the illnesses occurred prior to September 17. On September 17, 2015, the restaurant closed for 5 days, during which it was cleaned and recommended changes were made. The restaurant reopened on September 22, 2015.
E. coli are a family of bacteria that is found in the intestines of many animals. Some strains of the bacteria that are found in the intestines of cattle can cause infection in humans. This can happen when contaminated food is consumed. Symptoms can appear between 3 and 10 days after infection, and will include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. E. coli infections can be very serious. The infection may cause a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS damages red blood cells, which in turn can cause kidney damage or failure. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of E. coli poisoning, contact a medical professional.