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FIRST ON 3: Health department investigating illness possibly linked to E. Coli

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

The Northwest Georgia Health Department is investigating illnesses that may be linked to E. Coli.

Logan Boss, a spokesperson with the department confirmed to Channel 3 they are investigating cases of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) which may or may not be caused by E. Coli.

According to the Mayo Clinic, HUS is an illness that affects the kidneys. It results from the abnormal premature destruction of red blood cells which clog the filtering system in the kidneys.

This may eventually cause the life-threatening kidney failure associated with HUS.

Most cases develop in children after several days of diarrhea due to infection with a certain strain of E. Coli.

There are two cases of HUS out of Walker and Catoosa County. Boss says the Catoosa case is not linked to e-coli but they have not ruled out the Walker case.

The causes have not yet been determined and investigation is ongoing.

If you know someone you believe is affected by HUS or E. coli email newstips@wrcbtv.com.

Stay with Channel 3 for more on this developing story.

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