A warning from Vermont health officials after it was confirmed that five residents have contracted E. coli, with a potential sixth case considered probable.
The state has not identified where the confirmed cases were found, though a spokesman for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon told the Valley News the hospital has seen one confirmed case in recent weeks.
The Vermont Department of Health has asked doctors to immediately report any instances of patients with diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps and vomiting to state officials. E. coli is a food-borne bacteria that can sometimes cause infection and serious illness.
Young children and the elderly are said to be most susceptible to E. coli-caused illness, though steps like thoroughly washing your hands, as well as fruits and vegetables can reduce that risk. Vermont last issued an official E. coli alert in 2011.