About 70 People Become Ill after Drinking Apple Cider from Illinois Festival

About 70 People Become Ill after Drinking Apple Cider from Illinois Festival
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November 11, 2015

Apple cider has been linked to an outbreak in Illinois that has made at least 70 people ill.

Health officials are urging anyone who got sick after drinking apple cider purchased during the Pike County Color Drive festival to contact the health department. Those who purchased apple cider during the festival should not drink it and also contact the health department.

An investigation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ongoing and researchers are testing for cryptosporidium and E. coli.

The festival ran during mid-October and since then the number of people reporting illnesses continues to increase. Those who fell ill report drinking apple cider purchased from two vendors along the trail. Patients reported a variety of symptoms including vomiting, abdominal cramping and bloody diarrhea. Symptoms will last one to two weeks, but patients may continue to feel unwell for more than a month with symptoms coming and going.

Like with all bacteria and toxins associated with food poisoning, children, the elderly, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of becoming ill and developing serious complications. Several people during the outbreak have been hospitalized.

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