Brazos County Health Department still investigating E. coli cases

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 3:37pm

While two little College Station boys, 4-year-old Jack and 18-month-old Noah Melton, continue to recover in a Houston hospital due to complications of the O157:H7 strand of E. coli; investigators in Brazos County continue to search for the source.

"We think we're getting close," said Mike Paulus. "I can't guarantee that we'll be able to identify a source but I think we're getting close to a possible, at least having a general idea of where it came from."

With the help from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Paulus says they've been able to determine the bacteria was contracted between April 18th and the 22nd but the investigation is still a lengthy and tedious process.

"It's difficult for people to really recall when and where they ate a certain meal so when you're investigating this stuff sometimes the information can become a little bit tenuous."

And while the health department may never exactly know what caused the outbreak, Paulus says the public shouldn't be too worried about getting sick.

"We haven't had any more cases reported, so hopefully that means we're just dealing with a small cluster in a controlled environment," said Paulus. "It looks like it probably came from a single point."


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