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PRESS RELEASE: Health Advisory E coli


Press Release -- Health Advisory E coli

Contact: Ruth Klee Marx, Epidemiologist

Dale Grosskurth, Environmental Health and Safety Director

Phone: 715-261-1900

Four persons have developed illness, including one hospitalization, from E.coli contracted from eating smoked ready-to-eat meat products processed at Zillman Meat Market in Wausau, WI. Persons who became ill ate ready-to-eat custom smoked meat products made from wild game processed from September 30, 2010 through November 13, 2010. An investigation to determine the original source and extent of the contamination is ongoing. Zillman Meat Market is fully cooperating with Marathon County Health Department, the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health Services in this investigation.

We are advising persons not to eat or serve any ready-to-eat smoked meat products purchased from Zillman Meat Market. This includes smoked ready-to-eat meat products, both custom and retail, purchased at the store. Further recommendations about what to do with the smoked meat products will be forthcoming based on the continuing investigation. Please hold the smoked meat products until we have more information. Fresh meat products properly cooked are not affected by this advisory. Guidelines for properly cooking meats are available at: .

Incubation period for E. coli infection ranges from 1 to 8 days, though typically it is 3 to 5 days. Signs and symptoms of illness include:

Abdominal cramping that can be severe

Diarrhea that can be watery or bloody


Fever that is likely to be low grade

Although illness among healthy individuals is generally mild, children aged less than 5 years, the elderly and immune-compromised persons may be at risk for more serious complications. If you are experiencing symptoms please see your health care provider. If you have experienced these symptoms and have eaten ready to eat smoked meat products from Zillman Meat Market, please call the Marathon County Health Department at 715-261-1900.


Health Advisory E coli

December 23, 2010

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