Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) -- UPDATE: We have new information Wednesday night on that outbreak of gastrointestinal illness impacting Durand Schools students.
There are now eight confirmed cases of the Campylobacteriosis infection.
More tests are pending, and Pepin County health officials hope to have those results by Thursday morning.
We're told the infection can be contracted by eating or drinking food or water that has come into some type of contact with fecal matter from either an infected person or an animal.
So far more than 50 Durand High School students have been forced to stay home with flu-like symptoms.
The Pepin County Health Department says it will continue to investigate these illnesses.
The Eau Claire Health Department says in the past five years the county has reported 15 cases of Campylobacteriosis. It is a bacterial illness that infects your intestinal system.
"It is most common for people to get this infection in the summer months." Said Jill Bauer, a Public Health Nurse.
She says it is most common to get the infection by eating or drinking water that has come into contact with fecal matter from either an infected person or animal.
Most symptoms resemble flu symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, making it hard to know when you need to seek medical attention.
"The provider will obtain a stool sample to determine what is causing the symptoms and that's how the illness is diagnosed." Bauer continued to say the infection typically lasts one week.
DURAND, Wis. (DURAND SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE) --The Pepin County Health Department continues to work with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Durand School District in an investigation of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among students at Durand High School in Pepin County. The investigation is ongoing.
To date, there is laboratory confirmation of Campylobacter infection in one patient. Results are pending for other patients. Campylobacter is a bacteria and a common cause of gastrointestinal illness in Wisconsin. Symptoms include diarrhea, which may be bloody, abdominal cramping and fever.
Individuals who have diarrhea should remain home from school and follow good hand washing and hygienic practices to prevent the spread of the bacteria to other people. Parents with questions should consult their health care provider.
After multiple discussions with the State Health Department, who have consulted with Centers for Disease Control (CDC); there is no recommendation to close school at this time.
Individuals with questions about the investigation can contact: Pepin County Health Department at (715) 672-5961.