The Washtenaw County Public Health Department is investigating the cause of 10 recent reports of food-related illnesses.  The department said E. coli O157:H7 is the main suspect, but that nothing has been conclusive yet.

"We are in the early stages of our investigation," said Dr. Diana Torres-Burgos, medical director for Washtenaw County Public Health. "We are doing everything we can to identify probable cases and to prevent any additional illness."

Symptoms of E. coli include abdominal cramping, followed by diarrhea that progressively worsens and is often bloody.  Anyone with similar symptoms should seek medical attention.  Individuals are also asked to report suspected E. coli illness to Washtenaw County Public Health at 734-544-6700.