Charlie Bauder of WNEG News reports that area health officials are reporting that they have seen seven recently reported cases of E. coli in the Stephens County area.  District Two Public Health Spokesman Dave Palmer said that the cases have all appeared in the past couple of weeks.

“At this time, we know that it is the most common type of E. coli we see and it is not uncommon for us to see cases of E. Coli, but to see a large number like this, it is a little uncommon,” said Palmer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, E. coli is a bacteria that is found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals.  Palmer said people can come into contact with it in a number of ways.

Palmer said anyone with those symptoms in the Stephens County area should see their doctor.

Palmer said they are continuing to investigate these seven cases and find out more information about them.