Health officials have confirmed one case of E. coli in Lawrence County, and lab work on five other samples is pending.

Officials are still collecting information on a number of possible E. coli infections in the Monett area to determine whether there was a common exposure, said Robert Niezgoda, a regional epidemiologist.

Symptoms accompanying an E. coli infection can include nausea, vomiting, chills and diarrhea.

Niezgoda encouraged people in the Monett area, especially schoolchildren, to wash their hands and not to prepare food for others if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms.