High Hill Ranch, based in Camino, CA, has recalled all unpasteurized apple juice sold after Oct. 6, 2015 after a consumer was apparently infected with Escherichia coli bacteria from drinking the product. That person was hospitalized, but is expected to recover. highHillranchapplejuice_406x250El Dorado County health officials are also warning the public not to drink the raw apple juice. It was either sold for home consumption or served at High Hill Ranch. In addition to the person who was hospitalized, the local health officials apparently believe several others have also been sickened. Symptoms of E. coli illness typically include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and sometimes low-grade fever. The symptoms usually occur within 3-4 days after exposure, but can occur anywhere between 1 to 12 days after exposure. Most people who get sick from E. coli recover within five to seven days. Supportive care, such as making sure a person drinks plenty of liquids and gets rest, is important for people with the illness. For severe cases, particularly in children, elderly people or those with underlying health problems, it is important to see a doctor or go to an emergency room. The El Dorado County Environmental and Public Health divisions were notified this week by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services of at least seven cases of E. coli illness among Sacramento County residents who consumed the unpasteurized apple juice from High Hill Ranch in mid-October.

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